Sunday, February 09, 2003
Edifier du Jour-Acts 26:22-29(NASB)
22 "So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; 23 that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles." 24 While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, "Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad." 25 But Paul said, "I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth. 26 "For the king knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a corner. 27 "King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do." 28 Agrippa replied to Paul, "In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian." 29 And Paul said, "I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains."I can think back to the people who witnessed to me before coming to the Lord in 1985. I think of one of my college girlfriend’s roommate, who did a Christian rock show on the campus radio station (1983-that was early CCM); I envied the easy and clean fellowship those churchgoing students had. I remember a roommate in 1982 who was so nice and so friendly that I thought he was gay and hitting on me; he was a part of a small church that met at the high school and had a deep witness. Neither of those two people brought me to the Lord; it was my father who was the catalyst in 1985. When witnessing to people, you'll get people thinking you're crazy to put your faith in someone who died two millennia ago. You'll also get people who'll not quite be ready to make a commitment; having someone think about such a serious commitment is better than someone who makes a faked commitment and falls away. However, you may be priming the pump for someone to close the deal (sorry for the mixed metaphors) somewhere in the future. We don't know whether Agrippa accepted Jesus later on, but Paul did what he could. Just because you didn't get the witnessee to drop to their knees and convert on the spot doesn't mean you weren't doing your job. Sooner or later, if God's got His sights on a person, they'll come around.
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