Today you should read: Acts 26:1-32
Last week, we looked at Acts 22 and saw what Paul included in his testimony. You can read the Jumpstart from that day here.
In our reading today, Paul again shares his testimony of what God had done in his life – this time in his defense in front of King Agrippa. Paul shares of his life before Christ, his encounter with Jesus, and how God was at work within him after his conversion. We read of Paul’s persecution of Christians, Jesus’s appearance to Paul on the road to Damascus, and Paul’s ministry to Jews and Gentiles.
As Paul is brought before Agrippa, he makes clear his purpose for his defense:
“…God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest.” Acts 26:22
Paul took advantage of the opportunity in front of him to share the Gospel with Festus, Bernice, and Agrippa. Paul used his only time to defend himself from the charges brought against him to evangelize. His intention was clear. Agrippa even interrupts him saying, “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” (v.28). This is one of the few times that the word, “Christian,” is mentioned in Scripture.
Just as Paul took advantage of the opportunity in front of him to share the Gospel, we should look for the opportunities God is giving us to share our faith. Notice how Paul did it! He shared his testimony, which includes a clear presentation of the Gospel. Your story is one of the best ways for you to share how sinners can be saved by a holy God!
Who is God giving you an opportunity to share the Gospel with?
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice
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v.14c) It is useless for you to fight against my will.
The last part of verse 14 really grabbed my attention today. Paul’s experience on the Damascus Road was so overwhelming that he could do nothing other than obey God. Most of us don’t have experiences as dramatic as Paul’s, but there are times God makes His will very clear in our lives. When that happens we have a choice to be obedient or do things our own way. It truly is useless to fight against the will of God. You do nothing but frustrate yourself and make a mess of things. The best way to discern God’s will is through prayer and wise counsel from fellow believers who are following Christ.