“But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to people of Israel… So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.”
Acts 9:15; 17-19, NLT
Missions: Going Beyond Hindrances!”
The fact that God can use any of us is often met, by some, with fear and uncertainty. Ananias, who likely lived near Damascus was a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. He inevitably, was willing to go and serve others. This passion did not come easy for Ananias, because rumors of an anti-Christian rebel, who had suddenly come to claim Jesus as Lord, did not impress him. In fact, Ananias was swayed by the rumors that were rampart about Saul’s destructive behavior. Why would any self-respecting Christian want to reach out to a person like that? When the Lord told Ananias his mission was to “Go” and minister to Saul; the objection by Ananias was, “I’ve heard what others have said about him.” Often the opinions of others can become a hindrance to ministry. Although Saul’s reputation preceded him; the Lord “chose him” as a great instrument in taking the Gospel forward. In fact, in his era, Paul (as he was later renamed) contributed nearly half of the New Testament; and carried the Gospel to most of the known world! The work of missions is not limited merely to people we know, and are comfortable with. We may be kind and benevolent; but there’s much more that is required by our Lord. It was after the Lord told Ananias how important Saul would become to the Gospel mission, we see him going directly to the assignment. Ananias offered Paul comfort and care; but he also helped him understand the message of Christ more fully. We must go even farther for the cause of Jesus Christ!