Sunday, October 25

That all may know

Scripture: Job 17, Acts 24-26

Acts 26:19 And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven.

Acts 26:29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”

Observation

When Paul had the opportunity to present his case to King Agrippa, he used it to share his story and the gospel, and even made a personal appeal to the king to believe in Jesus.  As always, Paul’s first priority wasn’t his own safety and well-being, but to share the gospel with anyone and everyone.

After describing meeting Jesus and receiving his mission, Paul says, “I obeyed that vision from heaven.”  Jesus sent him to Jews and Gentiles alike to tell the gospel—and Paul had done that faithfully and eagerly.

After asking Agrippa if he believed, and the king responded by asking Paul if he was trying to convert him so quickly, Paul said that he prayed that the king and everyone else in the room might become a Christian—“the same as I am except for these chains.”

Application

I am struck by Paul’s devotion to Jesus and to “obeying the vision” the Lord gave him.  I want to be like that—gripped by the vision the Lord has for me, willing to sacrifice in order to obey the vision.  He was selfless, willing to sacrifice his own safety and life so that others could know Jesus.  So often I fail to share Jesus out of selfish concern: What will others think of me?  Paul would say that it doesn’t matter what people think of me; it’s what they think of Jesus that matters.

And I want to have Paul’s heart for people to know Jesus.  It starts, as Paul did, by praying that all those I know may come to know Him.  And then lovingly, boldly and selflessly telling the story of Jesus—that all may know.

Prayer: Lord, I’ll take some time today to pray for those I know to know You.  And that You would empower me, like Paul, to be a selfless witness for You—that all may know.