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Acts 9:1-22 [Read]
Acts 9 describes a familiar event – Saul’s conversion. Even though I have read it many times before, I still noticed a couple of things this time.
Ananias was the disciple chosen by God to open Saul’s eyes. The Bible tells us that “The Lord called to him in a vision, ‘Ananias!’ ‘Yes, Lord’ he answered” (9:10). It’s interesting that he did not show any emotion at all, unlike many others (Luke 1:12, 29, Acts 10:4). Instead, he simply responded like it was not the first time he heard the Lord. After the Lord told him the assignment, Ananias was reluctant: “Are you sure this is the person you want me to give his sight back? He killed your people!” (my paraphrase). “Go! This man is my chosen instrument…” (9:15) and Ananias went and did what the Lord commanded him (9:17). Later on, Paul told us that Ananias “was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there” (22:12). His submission is a result of a close personal relationship with his Lord, and such person God will honor him with respect from others.
After seeing Saul, Ananias revealed God’s purpose for him: “the Lord…has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (9:17). There was no mentioning about Saul showing any special behavior when being filled with the Holy Spirit. Rather, the context tells us that Saul was bold in carrying Lord’s name “before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel” (9:15) and he “grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ” (9:22). Could that be the true purposes of being filled with the Holy Spirit? This also implies that Saul submitted to the Holy Spirit who filled him and carried out the assignment he was given, even though he knew “he must suffer for my name” (9:16).
Countless Christians in the history were converted through Paul’s writings, and he would not have such an influence without the submission of two people: Ananias and Saul himself. Both of them were told to do things they normally would not do, and they submitted to the calls and went. If you are struggling with your submission to God right now, may this remind you how great a thing one person’s submission can accomplish for the Kingdom of God.
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