Sunday, March 17 – People Are Calling For Us

Scripture: Acts 9:10-19
Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”

But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

People are calling out because

  1. People Need Help
    1. I need help, you need help.  How would you feel if God told you to go to a person that is your enemy? People who are your enemy also need help.
    2. If you are about service, you have to help those that love you & those that hate you.  (Acts 20:35 – In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”)
  2. All of God’s Children Have Potential
    1. Everyone has potential, even those that we usually don’t want to help.
    2. No matter what everyone said about him, Saul had potential, he was chosen by God.  It doesn’t matter who you are, God can work through you.
    3. God knew about Saul’s potential before anyone else.  Sometimes we only see the outside, but God sees our inside.
  3. People Become Effective As They Grow
    1. Saul preached that Jesus is the Son of God.  (Acts 9:20“and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”)
    2. No one started out the way they are now.  We refined and worked on the person that we are today.
  4. People Need  A Friend & An Advocate
    1. Saul left hating Christians, but he came back loving Christians.  However, no one believed him.  He was doubted in the Christian community. They wanted to think about the man he was before.
    2. Barnabas spoke on his behalf; we too need a letter of recommendation. (Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.)
    3. Saul needed a friend, an advocate.  Sometimes we have to be an advocate for those in need.  Sometimes you might have to go to the legislature & speak on behalf of others, the aged, the poor, children.

We may not always answer the call when it comes, others may not always answer our call when we cry out, but the good news is that Jesus is always there to answer our calls.