The story so far
Paul has had quite the time of it! Held captive for not just months, but years, without a conviction. Several trials later and being passed from pillar to post, Paul finds himself before an influential king.
Reading: Acts 26
King Agrippa hands Paul the floor, invites him to defend himself. Paul shares in detail his testimony, as he has numerous times before, about the incredible transformation that God brought about in him on the road to Damascus, declaring powerfully about the Lord’s power and authority. In amongst it he shares the Gospel, not holding back and not shying away from the truth.
Paul was aware of his audience, a captive one of high ranking officials, prominent men of the city and kings. Yet during this, the fullest account of his testimony, he declares with boldness that he is here to
…testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. (v22)
This chapter challenges me to be aware of who is watching my life, whoever that may be.
Paul was a man of character.
Throughout all his trials he stayed humble, kept his composure, maintained respect. He conducted himself in the upmost manner despite being in chains, facing accusations and threats.
When Paul spoke he had the strength of his character reinforcing and adding weight to everything he was saying. How he had met Jesus and how Jesus had transformed his life.
He was truly authentic.
Let us learn from Paul to be ready to be bold in sharing the gospel, always ready to share our testimony, despite the circumstances we may face, displaying God’s goodness and favour, to whoever, wherever!
As 1 Peter 3:15 says
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…
Contributed by Ps Madeleine