Previously in Acts
Paul has arrived in Jerusalem to speak with the believers there. A crowd rose up against up who was arrested and beaten. Then he was given a change to speak to the whole crowd.
Reading: Acts 22
In the previous chapter we read about this crowd that was rising up against Paul. It got so bad that the soldiers had to carry Paul above the crowd, to stop him being killed. (Acts 21:35)
It was wild crowd and a chaotic scene. I’m sure it seemed at the time that nothing would be able to stop this crowd and this gang-mentality to attack Paul. But just then, it the midst of the chaos, Paul started to share his testimony.
He talked to the crowd about his story, about how his life had been transformed by an encounter with God.
Verse two tells us that when Paul started to speak to them in their own language that “they became very quiet”.
This wild, unmanageable mob, suddenly fell silent, as they listened to man talk about the difference God had made in his life. Paul spent time unpacking for them the spiritual journey he had been on. How once, he was just like them. Not only was he once not a Christian, but he was actually active in persecuting and killing Christians.
He got onto their level, spoke in a way they could understand and told them how life with Jesus can bring change, to even the strongest unbeliever.
You don’t have to preach, to be able to communicate the gospel. The power of personal testimony is incredible.
People can always argue against religion, but they cannot argue against your personal experience and revelation.
What has God done in your life?
How has your life been transformed by knowing Jesus?
What hope, peace, strength, joy (I could go on) have you found by accepting Christ?
Never underestimate the power of your testimony.
Your story has power.
Your story has to be told.
When was the last time that you shared with someone, about the difference that Jesus has made in your life?
Contributed by Ps Ben