“Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, … Now there was disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight,’ But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.’ So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. The he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” Acts 9:1a, 10-19
Has God ever asked you to lay hands on and pray for one who breathes threats against you and fellow believers? If yes, how did you react? Did you argue? A long time? Did you go boldly and courageously or with fear a trepidation? Do you stop to think that God may have already called upon, called out and is working in the life of the one He sends you to? Do you stop to think that if God can change me, a sinner, into a work of salvation, He certainly can change another? Are you willing to embrace that possibility? Or do you say, but Lord……. The beauty and power of God’s grace is that God can say, and desires to say, about all of us, “Go, for he/she is an instrument whom I have chosen.” Even those who breathe threats, who are angry, who lash out, who voice their displeasure of God and others. Who is the Saul in your life that God is sending you to? Who knows he or she may be the one who ushers in the next great revival?!