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A Spiritual Meal from The Rev. Gary E. Costa, our Pastor

"Post Easter Considerations" - June 2019

Acts 9:1-22 describes a highpoint in the opposition to the early church. Saul has legal authority to arrest, imprison or even kill the followers of the Way. However, the resurrected Jesus steps in right when things are at their worst. The Lord is always on time, He never slumbers or sleeps. “He is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” (Ps. 46:1) 

Saul receives a visit from the resurrected Lord. (Saul why do you persecute me… Acts 9:4) Saul is persecuting believers but Jesus says, “why are you persecuting me?” Consider that Jesus is one with the church, one with believers. If the enemy attacks you he is also attacking Jesus. He is like our elder brother; He’s got our back. 

During Saul’s conversion there is a period of three days where he is dormant and inactive. Consider that there is often a period of inactivity when we are going through transition. A time of waiting may take place when a family moves from one home to another, or when one moves from one job to another. These things exist in the world as mere symbols to a spiritual principle. When we are being commissioned or called by God into ministry or mission there is often an incubation period. 

It is common knowledge to the believers that Saul is a terrible threat and yet Ananias, a believer is charged with healing Saul of his blindness and helping to reestablish him. 

Two considerations then: First, God will often solve a problem through us rather than for us. That is to say, the very thing that we are praying and asking God to help with He will use us to bring about a positive result. Second, Ananias has the gift of healing, that’s why he is sent to give Saul his sight back. Our gifts are tied to specific missions, to a specific purpose. This is why we often say ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and why all inventions are really the answer to a problem. 

Our spiritual gifts are revealed and expressed when we are commissioned by the Holy One. Jesus died but is now resurrected and ascended. The miracles didn’t die with Him, they live on in the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

God's Peace,

Pastor Gary

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