Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening, he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: “ ‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.“ For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ “Therefore, I want you to know God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
– Acts 28:23-31
It is possible the last two years of Paul’s life were his most effective years in ministry. He continued to reach out to anyone who would listen to his teachings; both Jew and Gentile alike. Paul who once was the persecutor of The Way had now become the main apologist for the Christian faith. The one who once killed Christians for their faith in Jesus would now give up his life for Jesus. The final epitaph of his life reads, “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Big Question
What is the driving force behind your life? Are you ready to give it all for your faith in Jesus? What will be the final epitaph of your life? How will you be remembered?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.