by Philip Layton
Paul outlines his Jewish credentials
- God spoke to Paul through a trance (vv 17-21). Does he still speak in this way or was it an Early Church phenomenon?
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Going Deeper from 'Words of Life
Paul finally arrived in Jerusalem and was warmly received. He was anxious to meet with James, to tell him of all that had been taking place with the Gentiles. Wonderful and miraculous stories! But before long, Paul was arrested. Yet he was not downcast. Rather, he took the opportunity to give his testimony.
How often do we give our testimony? Maybe you are a bit like me, wondering if anyone really wants to hear it. Perhaps it’s not dramatic, like Paul’s conversion story. And besides this, everyone is so caught up in their own lives that they simply do not have the time to hear about something that happened to us some time ago.
I am always rebuked when I start thinking along these lines. Why?
Because it’s not about me at all! My testimony is all about Christ. And I should be sharing it with someone every day of my life. Paul had no fear, no reluctance in telling others of Jesus. Whether it was in the face of an angry crowd, the Sanhedrin, or standing before kings or governors, he was always willing and anxious to give his testimony – even when persecution or possible death was imminent.
Many listened to Paul’s testimony. King Agrippa even said to Paul:
‘Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?’ (26:28).
Paul’s answer to the king was that he prayed that all people who heard his testimony would come to Christ. Isn’t this our aim, our plea – that people accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour? If it is, then they have to see something in us that’s appealing; words from our lips that are convincing.
Our testimony is all about Jesus and the transformation that he has made in our lives. Will we share it with someone today – and every day?
Beverly IvanyTags: Acts