Acts 9:17…

Acts 9:17…

The potential for obedience to God is never fully realized until obedience is practiced.

We speak of obedience all the time – in that it is an essential ingredient of hearing from God. We know and understand it is only a willing heart which is in communion with God.

When the will has been given over to God, God speaks. When God speaks to a willing heart, the result is always fruitful.

How humbling it is that rather than simply employing His awesome power to achieve His desired results in the lives of men, He employs human agents. And what a great, undeserved blessing it is to be employed as an agent of God.

So, as the Bible tells is in 2 Chron 16:9, “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

The implication of this scripture is a heart loyal to the LORD is a rare thing. God must search “to and fro throughout the whole earth” to find one. While a heart loyal to God may be a rare condition – it doesn’t have to be, and it shouldn’t be.

Ananias was just such a man. He has allowed God to make him a wonderful example, and to show us what happens when Jesus identifies a man He can use. It was a foregone conclusion Ananias would be loyal to Jesus’ employment, because the first step in the process was already in place. Ananias evidently had a heart loyal to Jesus, and Jesus found that heart and spoke into it. Ananias’ initial hesitancy was not an indication of his disobedience to God, but of his heart for Christ. He only desired to be certain the action he was being called to was in Christ’s best interest. (Ananias’ example demonstrates Jesus WILL dialog with a heart concerned only with Jesus’ best interests in the world.)

Ananias laid down all his concerns at the feet of Jesus, exactly as Jesus knew He would. This is the value of the obedient heart to the possessor of that heart. Jesus speaks. You know Him. He knows you. He calls you by name because He knows He can. He knows you are listening for His voice. He knows you will do what He says.

And yet, it is only in the DOING that we see the full potential of the ministry of Jesus Christ through the agency of man. How amazing was the ministry of the apostle Paul? Ananias had no idea the potential of laying his hand on Saul of Tarsus – until long after he did it.

-Pastor Bill