More Like Paul
Acts 28:17-30 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, "Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans...
I know I write about this A LOT, but it's important. I just couldn't help but focus on Paul's bold witness again today. Over and over again, we see Paul proclaiming Christ. I love it! And what I love the most is that Paul is not just talking to those he happens to encounter, he's intentional. He seeks people out and then he "goes to town." The Jewish leaders in Rome had no idea Paul was in prison there for proclaiming Christ. But Paul, in his boldness, contacts them and tells them what has happened to him and why he is there. Then, he invites them back to tell them about Jesus and, boy, does he ever tell them. "From morning until evening he expounded to them testifying to the Kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus. . ." (vs. 23). Wow!
We're not all cut from Paul's mold, but God calls us all to share Christ with others. So how are you fulfilling this call? How can you be a little more like Paul going forward? Tami W.
P.S. One more thing, did you notice how Paul didn't let his circumstances lessen his witness? Verse 30 says "He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance."
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