Daily Devotional from Jen Auer 10-10-22

In Acts 26 Paul has been held in custody for two years and he has finally received an opportunity to plead his case before King Agrippa. So, with Governor Festus and other noblemen present, Paul chose not to plead his case, but to share the full story of his miraculous conversion to Christianity. So, instead of trying to save his own physical life, Paul shared his salvation story, with others, in hopes that they too would be saved for eternity.

Following Jesus’ visit to Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul was physically blinded for a period of time, but only so that he could open his spiritual eyes and then allow Jesus in to make the necessary changes that would impact eternity for his own life and for the lives of many as Jesus worked through Paul.

When given the opportunity, do you make things about yourself, or do you make things about Jesus? How often do you share your salvation story with others?

Paul was given an opportunity, and he made it all about Jesus instead of making it about himself. Paul said, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Cor 4:17) We see this very Truth through Paul in today’s passage. He didn’t think twice about his present troubles, rather he shared his heart for Jesus through his salvation story because he knew that vastly outweighed the trouble and eternity lasts forever.

Acts 26:19-29 NLT

19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven. 20 I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do. 21 Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me. 22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God’s light to Jews and Gentiles alike.”

24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”

25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth. 26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—”

28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”

29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”

Prayer: Jesus, we thank You for the miracle of our salvation. Please help us to share our salvation story more and more. Guide us with Your wisdom to think less of ourselves and more of You. We want to share You with someone today. Please allow Your Holy Spirit to move through us to touch the hearts of others. We ask all of this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

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