😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. It’s so nice to be sitting outside while writing today’s message. The sky is blue with slight whispers of clouds. The birds are talking. The plants and trees are leafing out. And there’s a very gentle breeze. It’s so peaceful. You may have noticed Monday night and Tuesday morning, the incredibly beautiful moon lighting up the dark sky. It was one worth taking a picture of. As bright as it was, it still amazes me that it’s not its own light source. It’s purely a reflection of the sun. As I stood there looking at it, both at night and in the morning, it seemed clearer than before and as if I could distinguish new and different contours to the surface. Yes, it’s the same moon I’ve been watching for many years, yet my eyes were open to a newness about it.
Acts 9:1-20 shares with us the encounter of Saul’s eyes being literally opened to newness, so that he could finally see the true reflection of the Son, unincumbered by the darkness that previously held him prisoner. Can you understand Ananias’s reaction and questioning the Lord when He told him to go lay hands on Saul? Heck, Saul could imprison anyone that simply called upon the Lord’s name. That would be a cause for concern. Who would want to potentially set themselves up for what seemed to be a definite prison sentence? But the Lord proclaimed to Ananias, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel…”
Like this week’s full moon and Ananias’s obedience to the Lord’s request, you are a radiant reflection of the Son. For you are a chosen instrument of the Lord to carry His name before ALL. Not just some. The Father wants every single one of His children back with Him. Who can He depend on, if not you, to speak His words of truth, love, peace, purpose, and the true meaning of family? He will never ask you to do it alone. Just like Ananias, He will give you very clear instruction. I imagine your obedience to God’s call to action will also allow you to witness some incredible miracles. At the end of my Walk to Emmaus weekend experience, I was presented with a cross at which time these words were spoken, “Christ is counting on you.” At which I responded, “I’m definitely counting on Christ.” He will not leave you or forsake you. Trust in the goodness of Him and all He has for you.
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