October 29

There are many people today that are not satisfied with their appearance.  They are spending millions of dollars to get a new nose, or an improved chin, or raised cheekbones.  I think it is crazy, but it just proves that many are not pleased with the way they appear to others.  I want you to know that God is in the reconstructive surgery business today as well.  He is not nearly as interested in the shape of your nose as you may be (after all … He made it), but He is concerned with remodeling and remaking your heart today.

Every time I read Acts 9 I am amazed by something I have not seen before.  When I read this chapter I was struck with the idea of the power of the reconstructive surgery of God.  I was also struck with the idea of who God chose to do this work on in this chapter.  Saul of Tarsus would have been a man all of us as Christians would have learned to fear.  Just two chapters earlier, we saw him holding the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen to death. 

In the beginning of chapter 8 it records that the persecution of Christians had increased to the point that they were leaving Jerusalem, headed for Judea, and Samaria.  One of the main people responsible for this persecution was Saul of Tarsus.  In chapter 9 we see him with written permission headed to Damascus to find and bind anyone claiming to be a Christian.  That’s where God stepped in and began His divine surgery on the heart of Saul. 

I must skip part of the story to get to my verse, but Saul is blinded after meeting the Lord.  Ananias is told to go to the home where Saul is waiting.  After some slight objections, God told Ananias this: “… Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:15-16).  God knew the man he would make from Saul of Tarsus.  God knew the potential Saul had after he would yield his plans, dreams and life to Him. God knows who you can become if you will do the same.  You may have been in the driver’s seat of your life for quite some time.  It is time to allow God to begin and continue His reconstructive surgery on your heart.  You need to surrender your goals, dreams, plans … your life to God today.  He can take the broken pieces of your life and make something far beyond what you ever dreamed or imagined.  He is more interested in your heart today that He is in the shape of your nose.  Step into His operating room today!

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