Rosie, our Border-Collie is a mess! She is just 7 months old and is still showing signs of being a puppy and almost zero signs of ever calming down. Training is slow. She will sit...sometimes. She will shake...sometimes. She will stay...sometimes. She barks...all the time. I have read more books on dogs since our Rosie acquisition than I had my entire life. All the books say that a dog can be trained to obey because they fear the owner or because they love the owner but usually not both. I want to be the owner that my dog loves and trusts. In fact, I want to be the parent that my kids both love and trust. In Acts 9, we see a man that both loved and trusted Jesus.
10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”
13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”
15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.
For Ananias, the "ask" from the Lord was a dangerous mission. However, Ananias obeyed and had the amazing privilege of praying with Saul and being one of the first to see his transformation. How about you? Do you trust God because you fear him, or do you trust God because you love him? I am sure that because of the risk that Ananias had taken, he and Saul formed a friendship. At The Table, we love new friends. In the normal world these days, we have seen that making new friends can be intimidating. We believe that we have created an amazing community and environment where making new friends is easy.
With sincere love for each of you,