Saturday, February 20

Who is on your boat?

Scripture: Leviticus 11-12, Psalm 22, Acts 27

Acts 27:23–24 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’

Observation

Paul the prisoner is on his way to Rome to be tried before Caesar.  He and his traveling companions, Luke and Aristarchus are caught in a terrible storm that threatens to sink the ship and kill everyone on board—276 people.  In the middle of the night, God speaks to Paul, assuring him that he will live to visit Rome and stand before Caesar.  And the Lord adds this bonus: “God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”  They were all going to live and survive the storm because they were sailing with Paul.  

No doubt all of them had heard the gospel from Paul during this voyage.  I know that all of them were saved from drowning; I wonder how many of them were saved eternally because of this chance encounter with Paul on mission.  

Application

Who is on my boat?  Who is sailing with me—either long term, or just for the day?  I want to be like Paul and have that kind of saving influence on everyone in my sphere of influence.  I pray that I will live on mission, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing.  And I pray that God will graciously give me the lives of all who sail with me!  Today, I’ll pray for everyone on my boat and ask God to give them life!

Prayer: Lord, here’s my life today, this week and beyond.  Use me to bring others to life in Jesus.  Graciously give me the lives of all who sail with me!