Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Disciple of Courage (Acts 9)

Acts 9 contains one of the most famous conversion stories of all time (Paul). This event, monumental as it was, overshadows a man who was courageous, obedient, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’m talking about Ananias. Remember him? Read Acts 9:10 and you’ll be introduced to him.

“In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” (NIV)

God calls him by name and ask him to do the unthinkable. Go and pay a visit to a passionately brutal Pharisee by the name of Saul (aka Paul). So brutal, Ananias already knew him (word travels fast amongst church people). Word had spread like wildfire about this zealous sword-carrying member of the Sanhedrin. He desired one thing: Permission to throw anyone belonging to the Way (Lord’s Disciples) in prison. (Acts 9:2)

Yet, despite everything Ananias heard and thought about Saul he obeyed God. Don’t toss his story out so quickly. This is big! Here’s a disciple asked to disciple one of Christianity’s greatest theologians, only to fade away into obscurity ten verses later. What an example Ananias leaves us. Ananias had no idea Paul would co-author with the Holy Spirit some of the most inspiring books of our Bible. Romans, I & II Corinthians, and the Epistles. Ananias had no idea Paul would even accept him. God gave him no promise that his life would be spared. Yet, he was obedient.

It cuts straight to the heart of what it means to be a disciple of Christ, obedience to God’s Word and a willingness to lay down our life for others. Here are my questions to you:
- Would you be willing to trust in God’s Word only? Despite your feelings?
- Would you be willing to obey God if it meant making someone else better than you?
- Would you be willing to obey God if it meant fading away to never be heard of again?

8 comments:

Christy said...

That was a really good article. I am enjoying reading them!

Tim Sheets said...

Thanks for stopping by, you've just become my favorite sister!

Sorry Bell.

slony said...

Wow. Very good Tim. That is really challenging. Thanks.

ShellBelle said...
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ShellBelle said...

Hey Tim! I am the best sister, and don't you forget that! haha:) Thank you for the thought provoking questions. I think it is interesting to ask yourself, Would I respond to God just by reading his word? I think it it would be hard for me to do that because I want to be so sure. Thanks though for opening my eyes and giving me the challenge. :) Thanks!

Tim Sheets said...

Thank you all for taking time to read this. I hope you can find a bit of joy and comfort here as we study God's Word together. Feel free to ask questions, put in comments, or criticisms.

To all who ask, I had nothing to do with the deleted comment. I'm not sure who it came from.

Trina said...

Ok babe, I'm on here. You are doing a nice job on your articles! You have very provoking questions too.

ShellBelle said...

Hey Tim!! That deleted comment was actually from me. I accidentally posted my comment twice so I deleted one! HEHE OOPS!:) Hey tell Trina Hi from me!!:)