Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest 2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul said.
“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” “Here I am, Lord,” he replied.
11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.”
17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Most of us have already experienced a Damascus road where Jesus met with us in life when we were lost. Some answered the Lord with “Yes Lord, I believe” and the scales fell from our eyes. Others, on the other hand said, “No! Leave me alone!” making the scales remain in their eyes.
You don’t know how long you will be on that road. Once you leave that road, your decision will be final. As long as we are in the Damascus road, Jesus will be walking alongside trying to persuade us through one of His followers that He is the only way to the Father. When a person from the heart makes their choice not to be with Him, Jesus walks away.
Jesus will always give everyone a chance in their Damascus road and He will always have an Ananias ready to be sent to that person to share the Word of God with them for salvation.
Every Christian is an Ananias. We must be ready when the Lord gives us the green light to go to an individual for the scales of deception to fall out from his eyes so that he may see and know the truth, setting him free.
As Christians, we have the privilege of participating with the Holy Spirit in bringing people to Christ.
How can we be ready when we receive God’s call?
22 Have mercy on those who waver; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
A good illustration would be that of a firefighter. They always train and work in shifts of 24 hours, weekends and holidays, being at the ready for any type of emergencies. Their number one goal is to save lives and to put out the fire. As Christians, we are like firefighters. We must train daily by getting our minds ready through God’s Word so that we will be well equipped with the fire hose of the Gospel of Christ to bring people to a saving faith in Christ Jesus for the salvation of their souls from the fires of hell.
Be ready to suit up. God might call you next…