Read Acts 9:1-19
Key Verse: Acts 9:15 “But the Lord said, ‘Go and do what I say’…” (NLT)
The conversion of Saul (who was later renamed Paul) is one of the major turning points in the Church’s history. Saul went from uttering murderous threats (v.1) to being chosen as one who would suffer many things for the sake of the Gospel (v. 16). Saul was not the only one who was dramatically changed in this passage. We are also introduced to a Christian named Ananias who needed to be changed. When God first spoke to Ananias, Ananias reacted positively, “Yes Lord”, but as soon as he found out what God wanted him to do and who God wanted him to witness to his reaction changed to “But Lord”. Ananias began to try and make excuses as to why he should not have to do what God wanted.
Sometimes we are enthusiastic about doing things for God that is, right up until we find out what it is exactly that God wants us to do. It is at that point that we start to make excuses and try and get ourselves out of having to do anything at all. God responded to Ananias very forcefully and demanded that he do as God said. It would have been so much better if Ananias had trusted God from the beginning and did as God asked.
It is important for us to learn to trust God completely and to not hesitate when God asks us to do something for Him. God is in control and He knows what He is doing. That Saul who God asks you to witness to may be the next Paul.
Prayer: “Lord, sometimes it is easy to want to say “Yes Lord” when you speak to me but then my answer turns to “But Lord” as I look for excuses. Help me to trust you completely so I can Act Out for You.”