Week 8, Day 5
February 25, 2022
Scripture: Acts 24
Paul escapes death in Jerusalem, through the help of God. Where harm was intended, God will use this for good. God calls Paul to go to Rome and testify there, we see this in Acts 23:11 “Take Courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
Paul is taken to Caesarea for more judgment. Just like a case doesn’t go straight to the Supreme Court, Paul’s case next goes to a regional governor to oversee.
Governor Felix is “familiar with the Way.” He is in many ways gracious towards Paul, giving him many freedoms as well as friends who can care for his needs. God is caring for his servant.
Something amazing happens in the slow, drawn out process seeking “justice; ”He (Felix) sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.”
For two years Paul would tell Felix about Jesus.
Paul doesn’t do this to improve his situation. Jesus is not someone to be used for his own advantage. Paul has continually found himself in difficult places because of his faith in Jesus. He doesn’t soften, or back off, in fear that it will cause him more struggles. Rather, he just keeps sharing about Jesus. His faith in Christ brought him into this situation, and it will see him through it as well. Paul preaches Christ crucified and resurrected, no matter personal consequence.
Let’s have that sort of courage and clarity in our own lives.
Trust in the Lord and keep sharing about the Way. Use what opportunities you are given to share with others about your faith in Jesus. Follow the Way.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.