So many of us are paralyzed by what’s true about us, but God’s Truth is really the thing that matters. There’s a difference.
When God called Ananias to go pray and restore Saul’s sight (see Acts 9:10), Ananias had a better idea. “Lord,” he answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name!” (Acts 9:13-14 NIV)
Everything Ananias said was absolutely true! And God completely ignored it. He didn’t respond, “Oops, gee you’re right, Ananias. What was I thinking? Being God, running the universe and all, got a lot on my plate, you know? We try to keep it quiet but sometimes one slips through the cracks. Hey, don’t tell anybody, ok? Anything I can bless for you while I’m here? Ok then, I’m out.”
God didn’t respond that way because Ananias was just speaking what was true about Saul (soon to be called Paul) – earth’s truth. No, God completely ignored earth’s truth responded with Heaven’s Truth. Because Heaven’s Truth is The Truth about us, not just the truth about what we’ve done. Heaven’s Truth trumps earth’s truth every time. You are not what you do.
What is true about you never disqualifies you from God’s Truth about you – who you really are in Him and His calling on your life and your mission for His kingdom. God responds in verses 15-16, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to _____” and God gives Saul’s mission.
Fill in the blank for you. What is God’s Truth about you? He has a mission for you; do you know what it is? You are his chosen instrument for…, what? That’s the Journey of Discovery you get to go on with Him. If you don’t know, start praying for that answer, start asking Him. Start the exciting Adventure!
Will you, like Bilbo the Hobbit, go on this Journey? Tell us in the comments.