Stepping forward in faith

“So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes—he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal. Saul spent a few days getting acquainted with the Damascus disciples, but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God. They were caught off guard by this and, not at all sure they could trust him, they kept saying, “Isn’t this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem among the believers? And didn’t he come here to do the same thing—arrest us and drag us off to jail in Jerusalem for sentencing by the high priests?””

‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:19-21‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Saul/Paul had spent decades tormenting and killing believers in Jerusalem, but in 3 days, he changes his ways and begins preaching that Jesus is the Son of God. He didn’t need years of education to begin preaching. He didn’t need permission to share about his experience. He just needed his conviction and his story to share the Good News and inspire change. Just think, if Paul had let the fire burn out on how God’s miracle changed him, we may not know Jesus today. God used a man known for his brutally evil ways and changed the world through him.

It’s just one of many examples about how God can use anyone or any circumstance for good. He can use you and me. I think of all the times I’ve held back in my personal life, from faith to fulfilling dreams, and it makes me wonder just how horribly I was cheating myself. Education and experience are good things to have, but I sell myself short when I continuously wait in the wings, believing I’m not good enough, smart enough, educated enough, experienced enough. God created all of us for a purpose. When we hold back, we just might be telling God we don’t trust he knows what he’s doing. But when we step boldly forward, God can perform miracles through us.

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