by: Cindy Rolenc
Scripture is full of stories of forgotten lives - unsung heroes whose actions and sacrifices failed to win them worldly renown. Yet, these great lives reveal significant people who God was able to use, and whose lives counted for something great. They may not be on the rolls of the rich and famous, yet their lives are still significant because they illustrate what is possible when ordinary people remain faithful to an extra-ordinary God. These men and women are faithful to our God and are integral parts of the story of God saving the world. Despite what the world tells us, we do not need to be powerful, prominent, or rich to have influence.
Questions to Ponder:
1. God speaks to Ananias, telling him to go to a house he had never visited, owned by a man named Judas he had never met. There the Lord said Ananias would find a man, blind and praying. What is remarkable about the Lord's directions to Ananias?
2. From Ananias's view, what God wants him to do is uncertain and highly risky. What is God's response to Ananias?
3. What does God tell Ananias about His plan for Saul?
4. How can this message of suffering for Jesus' name in Christian ministry be reconciled with the wealth and prosperity that many pulpits today promise to those who will follow Jesus?
5. The majority of us are the Ananias of the world - running errands for our God. When has He called you to run an errand for Him that seems hard or foolish or impossible?
6. Immediately after Paul's encounter with Jesus Christ, God sends a mature believer to minister to him. Why do new Christians (and Christians in all stages of life) need Christian companions?
7. Too often God calls and fear grips us. Think about what happened as a result of this man overcoming his fear and obeying God. Saul is welcomed into the church. And because Saul is welcomed into the church, he is sent out by the church. Because Saul is sent out by the church, the gospel comes to the Gentiles. It is because the gospel came to the Gentiles that most of us here are in Jesus Christ today. How does this encourage you to let go of fear and follow God's leading?