Acts 9:1-2 Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord's followers. He even went to the high priest and asked for letters to the leaders of the synagogues in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord's Way.

Reading today’s account from the Acts of the Apostles brought one statement to mind ‘It matters not how zealous you are, you still need letters’

Let’s break this down into relatable terms ‘enthusiasm and passion for travelling are not valid travel documents. You will still require valid immigration certifications to cross the borders of nations.’

Regardless of how zealous Paul was, to reach the territory of Damascus, he needed letters. In our language, those letters come in the form of recommendations or introductions that expose us to specific realms.

In very plain terms, just as some occasions are “by invitation only”, there are some doors you will not be able to enter unless someone holds your hand and walks in with you. There are some places and territories that will remain out of reach until access is granted you by another.

We therefore have to be in a place where we honour those who have treaded certain paths before us, with the same faith we hold. Their lessons and recommendations can usher us into great things.


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