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.
Comment: Much of the book of Acts from here on is taken up with Saul the zealot, persecutor of the church, becoming God’s tool to take the gospel to the gentile world in much of Europe and to some of the Middle East. So in this brief passage we have Saul with his sight restored; filled with the Holy Spirit; baptised; and getting on with a healthy physical life. Meeting Jesus has completely changed Saul, and his life becomes a very successful, not always easy, adventure for God.
Prayer: Help me to be what You want me to be even if it is costly.