It’s all fun and games until it’s not.
Just like Ananias, we are so eager to answer the call of Christ – until answering that call is more like becoming a tribute in the Hunger Games.
I’m being serious.
We say yes to VBS.
We say yes to bringing a casserole.
We say yes to Bible Study.
We say yes to Sunday morning church.
But what about witnessing?
What about forgiveness?
What about that big monetary donation?
What about the things that hurt?
What about when it’s awkward?
What about the things that make us dig deep?
The things that stab at our pride – our fear?
We have a choice to make, guys – all in or all out. When it’s scary, when it hurts, when it doesn’t make sense – Follow God.
Here I am, Lord.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”
And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much [a]harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children[b] of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord [c]Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.