“But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.’ So Ananias departed and entered the house.” Acts [9:15]-17
Every Apostle Paul needs an Ananias.
As we end our week’s devotionals on the letter to the church in Philadelphia, Asia Minor, perhaps an illustration from that ‘80s movie which was set in Philadelphia, PA is appropriate. The story of Rocky Balboa won the hearts of critics and moviegoers alike. We cheered him on to his unlikely success. Yet, where would Rocky have been without Mickey Goldmill, his trainer? Day after day, Micky poured himself into Rocky; inspiring him, challenging him, and preparing him for the final bout. Mickey invested himself in Rocky.
In a Damascus house, a blind, hungry, and despondent Saul sat helpless- until Ananias, in obedience to Christ, entered the house, and his life. He laid hands on Saul, healing his blindness, and then continued on with him. He invested himself in a man who would soon be called Paul, and would eventually be called an apostle.
One of the most beautiful ways Christ’s followers choose to pursue faithfulness over fame is in investing in others. Jesus called it “making a disciple”. He lived it with His inner circle. He commanded them to follow suit, and so must we.
Who is the Saul, the Rocky, in your life? Perhaps God is placing on your heart someone who needs a trainer, a healer, a discipler in their life. Will you go to them?
Father, thank You for those who have invested in my spiritual growth. Please show me to whom You are sending me. Amen.