Acts 26:19-32

In addition to showing us how to share our faith, Paul is an example of obedience. He immediately went out and did what Jesus told him to do: “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (26:19). Every one of us is called to be obedient, and we should faithfully share the gospel. But remember, when we share we aren’t responsible for the results. We share and allow God to do His work. Paul modeled this truth when he spoke about his ministry in Corinth where he said: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).

Paul doesn’t get the results he wants here. In fact, Festus thinks that he is insane (26:24)! But Agrippa, who was apparently a pious Jew, has a different reaction (26:28): “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” Two different reactions, both short of faith, but Paul isn’t deterred: “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am” (26:29). In a few short verses Paul shows us how to share, how to be faithful, and how to respond when those we witness to don’t believe. We are to pray for them.

Paul has done nothing wrong, and could have been released at this point, except that he had appealed to Caesar. He’s going to Rome, but that’s exactly where God wants him to be (Acts 23:11)! I pray that in our own lives we are exactly where God wants us to be, that we are being faithful, and that we have a heart for believers and unbelievers alike.

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