The Joy of Helping1
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
- Acts 9:17-19
He did it. Ananias has objections and fears but, ultimately, did what the Lord asked him to do. And he did it with a good attitude.
When we’re invited to take our turn and tip over another domino, the Lord is willing for us to take time to walk through a discernment process. He isn’t a military commander barking orders at us. He doesn’t demand blind obedience.
But amazing things happen when we obey God. Ananias’ act of faith and courage brought Saul onto the playing field, Saul who would also be called Paul and would go on to write most of the New Testament and structure a church planting movement that continues to this day.
Ananias showed Saul mercy – “Brother Saul …”. And Ananias showed Saul generosity, talking about God’s mission-enabling Spirit although that wasn’t specifically included in the Lord’s instructions. Ananias did more than the minimum.
Take some time today to pray for your friends, family members and neighbors who are struggling with or hesitating to join the domino effect. Maybe they’re delaying some kind of obedience. Maybe they’re afraid. Ask God to bless them with willing hearts so they can experience the joy of helping.