Question: Are you an Ananias to someone?
12 “Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there,
13 “came to me; and he stood and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that same hour I looked up at him.
14 “Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth.
15 ‘For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
16 ‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’
In Summary, after Jesus revealed himself to Paul in a vision on the road to Damascus, Paul was blinded. He was led by the hand to Damascus. Ananias of Damascus came and ministered to Paul. Ananias was a devout man according to the Law. He had a good report among the Jews. He warmly greeted Paul by calling him brother. He healed Paul’s blindness. He told Paul that he was chosen by the Just One. He told Paul of his future mission. He encouraged Paul to be baptized.
This passage shows how caring God is toward those who have just been converted. Imagine how disturbed Paul must have been to see the vision of the bright light, to hear the voice talk to him, to learn it was Jesus, to be blinded, to be led by the hand to Damascus. Yet God brought him Ananias of Damascus to comfort him.
Do you remember your conversion? I remember after my conversion I was happy, but I was a little confused. The Christian life was much different, and I remember having a few good friends to help direct me in my new life in Christ: Mike, Kevin, and the church Pastors. I had lots of questions, and between these men I was served and comforted.
Are you an Ananias to someone?
Do you know of a young man or a young woman who is new in their faith? They are probably a little confused and could use your guidance.
Be a brother or sister like Ananias was toward Paul. New Christians need a brother who have more experience. They need someone who cares and can give some direction. Of course, the Holy Spirit is their ultimate guide, but there is surely a place for a Christian brother or sister to help.
Healing their ailments
Ananias healed Paul’s blindness. Everyone needs some healing in some way after coming to Christ. Maybe the new convert has some problems because of their sin. We can be there to challenge them to make things right and to be at peace with others that they may have offended. We can also pray with them to help them be healed.
Explain God has a plan
Ananias told Paul that he was chosen, and that Paul was to witness to all men. So we can also explain to new converts that they were chosen of Christ, and God has a purpose for their life. Encourage them to build their relationship with Jesus. Encourage them to seek how they may serve others.
Ananias encouraged Paul to baptized while calling upon The Lord’s name. So we should encourage new converts to obey the ordinance of baptism. Jesus commanded the church to go into the nations and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have the privilige of sharing with them the beauty of the symbolism of the meanings behind this ordinance.
“Go therefore and
make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
We don’t know if Ananias taught Paul anything else. But we have the opportunity and command to make disciples. Think of new Christians who could use you in their spiritual growth. Of course, our first responsibility is to our own children.
In summary, let us take the extra effort and be a brother or sister to a newer Christian. Yes, it will take some extra time and effort, but I am sure Paul was grateful for Ananias. I know that I am grateful for God sending me the helpers that he did. Let us be an Ananias to someone.
God Bless, Bob