I was reading in Acts today in Chapter 9 where it talks about Saul’s conversion. After Saul has gone on to Damascus we get to see this really neat picture of God’s relationship with another disciple (check it out here). I love what God says to Ananias here. God speaks of Saul as if he were just a man with a need. God doesn’t lay out all of who Saul was or what he had been doing. God doesn’t say, "The guy who has been arresting followers of the way." God simply says there is this guy named Saul. He is blind and he needs to see, and I am sending you, Ananias, to help him do that.
It is Ananias who brings up Saul’s past. It is Ananias who doesn’t see the changed man, but the old man. How many times in our own lives do we have times like this. God speaks to our hearts and says, "Go over there and talk to that man." But immediately we find excuses of why we can’t. He is too mean, too dirty, too poor, too into his paper, too busy to be bothered. We throw up dozens of reasons why we can’t go and talk to that guy.
Of course what we are going is offering reasons why we think that guy doesn’t deserve the love of God.
Isn’t it great that God doesn’t have that perspective? Isn’t it wonderful that God sees us as we are and yet at the same time sees us as who He created us to be. Isn’t it great that God calls to us no matter what our reputation or past? That is great for us, and we are happy to know that God does that for us. It is when He does it for people that we don’t like or don’t want to reach out to that things get a difficult.
God, don’t you know he is gay?
God, can’t you see her clothes?
God, he is rich, he doesn’t need us?
God, haven’t you heard about her affair?
God, he smells bad.
God, she is scary.
God, don’t you remember when she yelled at me last week.
God, he is a jock, and I am sooo not.
God, she is just…well…different.
Those are our excuses and God answers each of them with this simple truth. Not that these people are blind and need you to tell them how to see. The truth of God is that you are blind and through these people He will help you to see as He sees.