How can the week already be over?! We had a blast with your camper! Today they learned how much God loves His people. Saul was actively persecuting Christians for believing in God, but God came and revealed Himself to Saul. God asked Saul why he was persecuting Him, and without an answer, Saul became blind. A follower of Jesus, Ananias, was ordered by God to go and heal Saul. Ananias knew who Saul was and questioned God because Saul was such an evil man. God reassured him that Saul was a crucial instrument in His kingdom, so Ananias went to heal him. When Saul regained his sight, he immediately rose to be baptized and would later become the Apostle Paul. Amazing!
This passage is important because, first off, it shows that God can reach anyone, even if he or she is very much against Him. Saul was KILLING Christians and the Lord still came to him. The Lord is able to move in incredible ways to the most undeserving people. Later, when God came to Ananias telling him he needed to go and heal Saul, Ananias could have ignored him. Ananias didn’t understand why God would want to save someone who had been persecuting His people for so long. Despite Ananias’ doubt, he was obedient to God and went to heal Saul. Now we know Saul as the Apostle Paul and all of the good works he did for the Kingdom. How cool is that?
Passages for today:
“But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And he said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.’ The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, 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 at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.’ So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came 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 he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’ And all who heard him were amazed and said, ‘Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?’ But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.”
Questions to ask your camper:
- What was your favorite activity from today?
- Who is Saul and what did he do to God’s people?
- He killed them!
- Why did God want to change the heart of Saul?
- Because He knew that Saul would be a powerful force in the Kingdom.
- How can we be like Ananias and obey God even when it doesn’t make sense to us?