Good morning! I am not sure why I am writing about Kanye West. But I am just going with what God is putting in front of me. All I know about Kanye West is this: He is a rapper, song writer, entertainer, and business man. He has made millions of dollar going after his own agenda. Some people love him and other people hate him. Here recently, Kanye has shocked the world, and has professed Christ as his Lord and Savior! Many people have rejoiced while other doubt his conversion and his motives. I don’t know Kanye but I do know Jesus! As far as I know, Jesus is still in the life changing business! When people meet Jesus face to face, their lives will be different!
It reminds me of a story in Acts chapter 9. There was a guy named Saul that went around persecuted and killing Christians! Until one day, he encountered God, and from that day forward, his life was changed! In Acts 9:11 God told Ananias in a vision, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus names Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” Ananias knew who this man was! He had a bad reputation and didn’t want to believe he had changed. Do you blame him? This could be a trick and Ananias could be killed. But God spoke to Ananias in Acts 9:15 and said, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles. Thank God Ananias listen and obeyed the Lord! Ananias placed his hands on Saul, and Saul was full of the Holy Spirit, and the scales fell off his eyes! He got up and was baptized, and Saul became Paul!
Here is what I want us to see this morning. Acts 9:20-22, “At once he begin to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests? Yet Paul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.” Kanye didn’t have to go to seminary to learn how to preach, or learn the proper way to construct a song! That throws so many Christians off. He immediately begin to preach, because God put a new song in his heart. God, change the heart of those who need to know you! Give your Church the boldness it takes to trust you, and the guts it takes to encourage and equip those who come to faith in you! Thank you for changes lives! Jesus is still in the life changing business! Amen!