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IBC Women’s Blog September 20, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog September 20, 2019

Move together through Acts: Chapters 9-10

By Jodie Montgomery

There are people I do not like. If you ask me to give them a call or go meet them, I would not want to. I get why Jonah said no to going to the Ninevites.

As I read about Saul’s conversion in Acts 9, I realize the importance of Ananias being open to going to his enemy and believing that a person may change for the glory of God. Saul needed Ananias. I realize that I can be a stumbling block to others when I write them off. I stop praying for them. I distance myself. I judge them as I would not want to be judged. I do not represent the mercy of God. I’m glad God didn’t forget Nineveh. Their repentance may have softened their overtaking of His children in later years. I’m glad He remembered Saul. I cherish Paul’s writings.

My analysis of others has a lot to do with what I think best for me. Their worth depends on if they think much of me. That’s my self-centered heart in action. I’m constantly tempted to think more highly of myself than I should and to forget that God changes hearts. Even if heart change isn’t evident in the moment, seeds are being planted and fruit is possible as long as there is life and a witness to the glory of God. Our gracious Father directs us to go and share His mercy as He continues to draw the sinner to His fold. He told Ananias to go and lay his hands on Saul of Tarsus as the blind need a representative of God to help them see their loving Savior. Oh, to be, God’s messenger in the midst of His redemptive work.

Acts 9:13-15 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem;  and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;  for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”