Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit - Acts 9:17 NIV
I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in the back of the room off of our barracks at Ft McClellan Alabama with the rest of our platoon meeting with our sergeant. We had arrived a few hours earlier and unpacked our gear and was meeting with our sergeant for orientation before starting our training to learn the job that we had signed up for in the Army. I intentionally stayed in the back because I wanted to remain anonymous. My sole purpose was to make it through the approximate 2 month training period relatively unscathed so that I would be able to go back home to finish college. After our sergeant went through all of the instructions and communicated what his expectations were, he dismissed us. As I was leaving with the rest of the platoon, I heard my name called, "Sadler!" I turned around, surprised. What did I do? I had tried to remain unnoticed in the background. I was racking my brain trying to figure out what had I done wrong to get into trouble. I walked up front and sat in front of the sergeant waiting for him to chew me out for a transgression that I wasn't cognizant of. He looked me in the eye and stated that he needed a platoon leader and I was the man for the job. Obviously it wasn't a request, it was an order and I was expected to comply. Of course I said yes, but before leaving, I asked why me? He stated that he was watching everyone in the room and he noticed that I kept quiet and observed others in addition to paying attention to him. That was exactly the type of person that he needed. I nodded my head and thanked him (as I was leaving, I still was wondering why me?).
How many of us can identify the situation that I just described? We are trying to stay out of the way, hopefully flying before the radar cruising along in life hoping no one notices us and recommends us to do a job or task? We pray that we won't be called upon to use the abilities that we have hidden from the general population. Not me, we scream! No not me! Why not you? God uses the most unlikely people to accomplish His purpose. Take a look at Ananias in the book of Acts. He was called by God to tend to Saul (later Paul) and restore his sight. Ananias did not won't to do this even thought he was called by God himself. He knew of Saul's reputation and the despicable acts that he had committed against Christians and stated to God that Saul was on his way to do more damage. God heard all of this and said one word: "Go!" God knew he had equipped Ananias with everything that he needed to carry out the mission that He had for him. In this manner, when God calls you do something that you feel you are not capable of, remember Ananias and the important task that God had him to do and go. Who, me you might ask, but why not you? You serve the most high God and he will not send you to do something that he has not prepared you for. So Go!
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.