Acts 9:8 – And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
Acts 9:9 – And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Acts 9:10 – And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
Acts 9:11 – And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
Acts 9:12 – And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
Acts 9:13 – Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
Acts 9:14 – And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
Acts 9:15 – But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Acts 9:16 – For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
Acts 9:17 – And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 9:18 – And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Acts 9:19 – And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
Hello readers, new blog today. Be like Ananias! Well there a few guys called Ananias who’s examples you should avoid in the Bible, but we’re talking about the Ananias of Acts 9. He was a disciple of Jesus Christ. Often in life people are not like Ananias, that is, they’re not saved themselves and they’re not a help, but rather a hindrance to the salvation of others.
Paul had been on the Damascus road and Jesus Christ had stopped him in his tracks. He’d seen the light, he’d been converted… but he had a problem, he was blind. There were scales on his eyes, scales that needed removing. Often after we are saved, there’s a few things that we need help with. It’s not that we’re not saved, but we don’t necessarily understand or see everything. A point in the right direction from a believer can really help. When we’re saved the Holy Spirit comes to live with us and in us forever, and he does guide us into all truth. Part of that is that God does use others, just like he used Ananias, to be a help to new believers.
You read in Acts and all through the epistles and in fact all through the Bible and there were so many people who did Satan’s work in withstanding the salvation and sight and obeying Jesus Christ of others. Whenever there is a great move of God, look in Zechariah 3, there is Satan standing at the right hand to resist Joshua the high priest. Israel got out of Egypt… and then came Amalek. And in Acts 13, there was a guy called Elymas who was trying to prevent the deputy from hearing and believing God’s word.
The thing is, so often people are interested in God’s word or get saved, and there are people influencing them away from and in opposition to God’s word. So often new Christians get saved and then Satan brings people into their lives to ruin their faith, to swerve them away from the truth, to resist, hinder and withstand their faith. Ananias was a guy that God used to help Paul to see. He was a guy who was able to hear God’s word, understand it, and obey it. He was just being faithful in where God had put him, and God could use him to help Paul see.
When Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus Christ, he told the men to loose him and let him go. Jesus Christ does the saving, but others do have a role. New Christians don’t need to be swaddled in graveclothes like Lazarus, they need, as Jesus said, to be loosed and let go. So often we are binding new Christians up, we’re wrapping them up with death clothes of religion, of false doctrine, of all manner of garbage that won’t help them, but hinder them. Christians aren’t saved to live in a dark cave all wrapped up, no they’re saved to serve and shine!
Are you able to help someone see? Of course, you can’t if you first don’t know God’s word for yourself and aren’t saved yourself. Ananias was saved, and he was faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. He heard God’s word, and he obeyed it. God could speak to him, does God speak to you through his word? And check this out… Ananias obeyed God’s word over his own thinking, emotions and understanding. Here was this Christian killer, apparently saved, they were fearful of him, he’d killed their buddies… and now he’s supposed to go to him, risking life and limb, to help him out?
Ananias obeyed the word of God, that’s how he was a help. You can’t be a help to anyone violating God’s word yourself. Our duty as Christians is to obey God’s word, be faithful where he’s put us, and God will be gracious to you in allowing you to serve him and be a godly influence in someone else’s life. What a privilege to be able to help someone see!
And picture Paul, he’s converted, and his life has completely changed, he’s keen to see. New Christians, they’re keen to see. They’re keen to learn and know and move forward with Christ. Picture a little babe born into this world, they want milk, and as they grow they want food, and bad. Well a new Christian has a new appetite, and that appetite is for God’s word… not for rubbish. After Paul saw, he received meat and was strengthened. Paul had an appetite to be with the people of God, hear what they had to say, and get going in God’s word.
God had said to Ananias, go into the street that is called Straight. People who are on the straight, not the crooked, that’s the people that are going to be a help to others. If you’re not on the right road yourself, how are you going to help others get on the right road, on God’s road in life?
Believers have a responsibility from God, just like Ananias, to go and tell people the truth, to fulfill what God’s word has told them to do. Jesus said go into all the world and preach the gospel. He said go and bid people come. We are meant to be salt and light in this dark world. We are ambassadors for the King of kings and Lord of lords. God wants us to be able to help people see, to help remove what’s blocking sight.
Paul was saved, but without sight. We can be saved, but we don’t see real good yet. There could be scales in the way of you seeing. The Bible likens pride to scales, pride can certainly stop us from seeing. Here is Paul, a former bigwig in the Jews religion, and he’s humbled badly, being led around by the hand and he’s the blind guy! He thought everyone else was at fault, but it was really him that was in the wrong! It would be pretty humbling acknowledging you can’t see, and some nobody coming in to tell you, hey God has sent me so you can see.
The fact is God will use godly people, people he can trust with his word, to be an influence in the lives of others, people who know God’s word and who are obedient to God’s word. We never hear from Ananias again, but he was such an important part of Paul’s life, of Paul seeing finally. Was it because Ananias was so great? No. He didn’t have miraculous power in and of himself, but the difference was he came to Paul on the authority of God’s word, which had sent him. All Ananias did was obey God’s calling on his life. His simple testimony of Jesus Christ and faith in what God had said to do… it helped Paul to see.
Your influence in someone else’s life does matter. Ananias influence mattered hugely. What kind of difference are you going to make? God used Ananias, not all of Paul’s old religious mates. It might surprise you who God will use. This world is littered with people and professing Christians who are trying to help, but all they’re doing is hindering, they have no power to help someone see. If you want to help people see, you have to get in God’s word, you to be on the straight road yourself, and you have to tell them about Jesus Christ. Point them to God’s word.
Ananias was a nobody, but he was able to be a help because he simply believed and obeyed the Lord Jesus Christ. In a time where there were false prophets, teachers, brethren all leading people here and there, God used Ananias to help Paul see. This is a wonderful story, and I’ve not done it justice truth be told. But in comes Ananias, seeking out Paul who can’t see, who’s not eating and drinking… and he makes an eternal difference in Paul’s life, he was able to help him see… all because he was faithful to the word of God. That can be you today, you can make a difference through simply being saved yourself and being obedient to God’s word, and you can be an Ananias!
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)