DAY 19 – Friends in High Places.
READ: Acts 24:10, 14-16, 22-26 & Acts 25:12, 22-23 & Acts 26: 13-15, 24-25, 28-29
Paul is now one step closer to Rome. He is being held prisoner by a new, more powerful Roman authority and is introduced to quite a few royalty as well. But he isn’t too impressed. Rather than working the room, Paul uses every opportunity to share the story of his conversion with each of the influential people he encounters. In a strange twist, he manages to put himself in more danger in order to go even higher up the ranks. By demanding to meet Caesar, Paul forfeits his one-way ticket out of captivity.
How does this apply to me? Getting into hot water due to the Gospel placed Paul in the most unusual, and at times fascinating, situations. But life’s circumstances in general can suddenly bring any of us before prestigious or prominent individuals. Rather than fall prey to the lure of the glamour or the excitement of the moment, we need to ask ourselves, do these people know Christ? If they do not, we need to remember that they are doomed to an eternity in darkness. Though it will be natural in those environments to focus on, and admire, the wealth or position we are taking in, let’s work on seeing each person we encounter as a soul who needs a Savior. May we be willing in those moments, to forfeit perhaps the bettering of ourselves in order to bring them closer to salvation.
Acts 26:32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
Praying together: Let’s ask Christ to be the center of our conversations no matter where a situation finds us. May we seek to bring His Good News to the lost that The Lord places in our paths.