Saul persecuted the early church. Jesus intervened.
What would Christ ask of him?
‚ÄúWho are You, Lord?‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúI am Jesus, the One you are persecuting,‚Äô He replied. ‚ÄėBut get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do (Acts 9:5-6 HCSB).‚ÄĚ
It was not what he‚Äôd expect.
Jesus prepared Ananias for a visit to Saul‚Ä¶
‚ÄúBut the Lord said to him, ‚ÄėGo! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. I will show him how much he must suffer for My name (Acts 9:15-16 HCSB)!‚ÄĚ
A personal and precise mission‚Ä¶
‚ÄúThen He said to me, ‚ÄėGo, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles (Acts 22:21 HCSB).‚ÄĚ
Did he sometimes wonder what if, what next, or what now? Maybe. Yet, he submitted; Lord, what would you have me to do?
It was not an easy call.
‚Äú‚Ä¶ many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, near death many times. Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. Once I was stoned by my enemies. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brothers; labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.