Today’s scripture selection: Acts 25-26
Key Verse: Acts 26:28-29
When the apostle Paul was witnessing to his faith – this time in front of King Agrippa – the ruler asked:
“Do you think in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
Paul calmly replied, “Short time or long – I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Agrippa was left perplexed. And he told the others around him that if Paul had not appealed to Caesar himself for a hearing, he could have been set free. Instead, he was now going to be on his way to Rome – and death.
It is just one more example of how Paul would do anything – whatever it took – to witness to his faith.
When I think of such courage and determination, I wonder about how I could so often do more to reach others for God.
The excuses are many; some of them pretty convincing. I think of how I already have much to do to care for those already under my pastoral care; how many meetings I have scheduled.
But Paul’s example is there for me to ponder. God calls us into service to witness to His love, every single day. Sometimes, you just have to go that extra mile, even when it isn’t convenient.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes and ears to all the ways you call me to witness to your love, not just the ones I find to be convenient. AMEN.