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Here I am Lord | Acts 9:10-19

10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen [f]in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 

13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he did to Your [g]saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to [h]arrest all who call on Your name.” 

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen [i]instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer in behalf of My name.” 

17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like fish scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.

Acts 9:10-19 (NASB) 中文

Persecutor to proclaimer

The last passage started the transformation of Saul from persecutor of the Gospel to Paul, proclaimer of the Gospel. Saul has been confronted by Jesus which changed his life 180°. He’s now blind and waiting for Jesus to tell him the next step.

Here I am, Lord

Take a moment to study this text. Imagine you are Ananias. Word traveled fast so everyone in town knows Saul is coming and his reason. You are a follower of the way and Paul is headed to your city to arrest believers in Jesus and take them away in chains to stand trial in Jerusalem. You’re probably not a leader in the church but you’re known as a Jesus follower. Who knows what fate may befall you. But God steps in and calls your name. Annanias responds, “Here I am, Lord”.

But God

We can imagine Ananias was not a little concerned about Jesus’ call. “Can this be?”, he must have thought. Jesus laid out the next steps without rebuking him and so he headed off on his mission. “In theory, it wasn’t absolutely necessary that God use a man like Ananias for this work in Saul’s life…God simply used Ananias because God loves to use people, and Ananias was a willing servant.” (enduringword.com)

Notice Ananias calls him Brother Saul. He is already convinced about Saul’s change. He lays hands on him and prays. Saul regains his sight then is baptized. We assume he was filled with the Spirit too (v17).

RЯeflection

  • God uses ordinary people, sometimes for extraordinary tasks. Are you an Ananias in that regard? Take a moment to ask what God is calling you to. And just reply, “Here I am… use me” and, in faith,  leave the rest to Him.
  • Or how about Saul. He’s had this life changing experience and he’s just waiting for the next step. Are you waiting for God’s direction, for the next step. That’s great that you are trusting in Him. Keep it up! He is faithful. We should be likewise.
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