In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, ‘Ananias!’
‘Yes, Lord,’ he answered. The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.’Acts 9:10-11
This weeks reflections have focused our minds on how the risen Jesus uses us in the work of his kingdom. We are called to let go of Jesus in order that we would take the good news to others, feeding them the bread of heaven Jesus talked about in John’s gospel.
All of this is only possible because of the transformation that Jesus brings about in our lives. (Read Acts 9:1-19)
In this well known story two lives are transformed. The obvious transformation is that of Saul. The persecutor turned believer because of his encounter with the risen Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus. Evidence the risen Jesus can not only take and change the worst of sinners but use us in the work of his Kingdom. (1 Timothy 1:15)
Saul was not the only person to be transformed by the risen Lord Jesus. Ananias when he received his vision from the Lord was reluctant to go to Saul. He could only remember his reputation and what he had done to Stephen. (Acts 6:1-8:3)
Two questions this morning. If you are not currently a follower of Jesus, have you been impacted by him recently. Have you felt or heard his call on your life? Will you respond like Saul by being obedient instead of living in opposition to him. Knowing that the living Lord Jesus can and will transform any life submitted to him.
Secondly, are you a believer but have been called to a difficult task? To forgive, to take a risk, to put your head above the parapet like never before. Will you respond to the living Jesus knowing that his transformation of your life did not end at your conversion but continues in how you serve him.
Prayer Lord Jesus this morning I submit my life to you. Whether for the first time or as a believer who has been resisting your call for me to serve. Forgive me for my stubborn resistance and may I know the joy of knowing you as Lord and master. Amen
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