Saul had to have been a bit scared and wondering what was next.
Just three days before, he had been thrown to the ground and struck blind by the Lord. Now, after being led by the hand to Damascus, Saul literally sat in the dark unable to see. "For three days he was blind," Luke tells us, "and did not eat or drink anything."
It was in this moment that God called Ananias to serve Saul (who would later change his name to Paul), to lay hands on him, restore his sight and fill him with the Holy Spirit.
Luke tells us, "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).
Later, when Paul shares his conversion story he mentions Ananias, “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. (Acts 22:12-13).
Without Ananias, Saul remains a blind leader wondering what's next for him. He desperately needed Ananias to restore his vision and strengthen him for future ministry.
Ananias became a vital part of Saul's leadership development.
Are you in the dark and wondering "what's next" in your leadership?
Do you have a sense that God is calling you to great levels of leadership and influence, but you're not sure exactly what that might be?
Are you in transition between churches or ministries, different levels of leadership, or into retirement?
Do you want to strengthen your influence and deepen your impact within the congregation, organization, and or community you serve?
If you've answered yes to any of those questions, you need an Ananias. An Ananias will serve you to restore your vision for what's ahead, for what's possible, strengthen you for the journey, and move you confidently into the place God desires you to go.
This is why I love being a coach and why my coaching business is called Nine Seventeen Coaching. As a coach the I serve leaders in much the same way as Ananias did in Saul's life; to restore/renew vision for the future and provide strength and encouragement for the journey ahead.
Consider investing in a leadership coach in 2017, an important Ananias in your life.