Friday, February 19

Who thinks that about you?

Scripture: Leviticus 9-10, Acts 26

Acts 26:27–29  King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” 

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” 

29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

Observation

After 2 years in custody, Paul is given a chance to defend himself before King Agrippa.  He uses this opportunity to tell his story and share the gospel, and ends by appealing to Agrippa, asking if he believes.  Agrippa rightly interprets this as Paul trying to persuade him to be a Christian, and Paul affirms that.  Paul is more concerned that Agrippa become a believer than that Paul should go free!  Paul put his calling and commission above his own safety and self-interest.

 

Application

One of our questions today was: “What did King Agrippa think Paul was trying to do? Who thinks that about you?”

Right now, I can’t think of many people who think I’m trying to persuade them to believe and follow Jesus.  I’ve lost some of my witnessing edge—that fire and drive to share the gospel with others, to use every opportunity to persuade others to believe in Jesus.  I want to change that.

Our commission—my commission—is to make disciples, to help others find and follow Jesus.  This means persuading them to believe in Jesus, which means sharing the gospel in a compelling and persuasive manner.  Doing that is more important than my own safety or self-interest.  

Prayer: Lord, reignite my fire to make disciples, to persuade others to believe, to share the good news of Jesus!  Help me look for opportunities today, and to regain my edge!