Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19: Acts 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Acts 26. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Today’s chapter starts with Paul giving his defense for visiting King Agrippa. But it’s not so much a defense as it is a testimony. Paul consistently confesses that he has lived with a clear conscience before God, that’s he’s done what God has wanted since meeting him on the road to Damascus. Paul takes the opportunity to explain how gracious God has been to him.
  • This is the third time we’ve heard Paul’s testimony, and by now we’re familiar with his message about Jesus. But this is the first time Festus has heard these things. Festus’ reaction is, “You are out of your mind, Paul!” Which is a normal reaction? Do you remember what your first reaction to the gospel was like; when you first heard that Jesus rose from the dead? It’s not everyday news. Paul knows this and still preaches it without apologies. Bro is tenacious!

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Paul took every opportunity to share the good news about Jesus with people. He would even think strategically about how to be more effective. This dedication and tenacity remind me of famous athletes who lived and breathed their sport. Paul had the same mindset and even shared it with people in Corinth (as we see in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Yesterday we took a look at our lives with respect to conflicting loyalties. If you decided to shed duplicity then consider memorizing the above excerpt from 1 Corinthians. If you’re having a hard time seeing your next step in your relationship with God, ask him to illuminate that path for you.