The Bible is peppered with stories about people whom God invited to join him in his story of redemption:
- God told Noah to build an ark on dry land.
- He told Abraham to leave his country and family and go to an unknown land. Later, he told Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son on an altar.
- God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to release his people from slavery.
- He told Mary that she was to be the mother of the Son of God.
All of these heroes of the faith had a choice. They could have said, “Yes, Lord!” or they could have said, “No, thank you!” and moved on with their lives. But they all said “yes,” and today, we are still reading about their faithfulness.
Last weekend, we read the story of Ananias. Throughout this week, we dove into his story and have seen how his act of obedience led to Saul’s baptism. Saul, later Paul, became one of the greatest preachers of the Gospel that the world has ever known.
Ananias was nervous—he knew Saul’s reputation. Yet, he also knew that God was faithful, and when God issues a call, it’s best to obey. What if Ananias had said “No, I’m too afraid of this man”? Would Paul have gone on to become such a great preacher of the Gospel?
I believe he would have, eventually. After all, God had a great plan for Paul’s life. He didn’t need Ananias, but he invited Ananias into the adventure. Ananias could have said “no,” but we wouldn’t be reading about him today. He would have watched as someone else followed God’s call. He would have known that this miracle, that someone else was experiencing, could have been his. However, he did obey, and we read this proclamation from Paul in the book of Acts.
11 “I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led by the hand to Damascus by my companions. 12 A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man, deeply devoted to the law, and well regarded by all the Jews of Damascus. 13 He came and stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And that very moment I could see him!”
When God invites us on an adventure, we always have a choice. When we choose to say no, we are not thwarting God’s ultimate plans, but we are bowing out of his story, watching from the sidelines, as it unfolds around us.
Spend some time today in prayer asking God to reveal where he is inviting you to join into his adventure. Choose to say, “Yes, Lord!” and do it!
Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting me into your story. Thank you for giving me the choice to be part of your grand adventure. Give me courage to listen to your prompting and say “Yes, Lord” when I hear you calling. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her five young children.
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