“Paul said, “Whether it is a short or a long time, I pray to God that not only you but every person listening to me today would be saved and be like me—except for these chains I have.””
Acts 26:29 NCV
Paul was in prison and he was speaking to King Agrippa who wanted to hear his story. When he heard it, he said are you trying to make me a believer in a short time. Paul says basically, whatever it takes I want you to be saved. This is living with purpose. This is living with people in mind. The situation would have seemed appropriate to talk his way out of, he was a Ronan citizen. But, he simply shares the truth of the Gospel and the truth of his life changing experience.
Our purpose in life is to reach people… so when we are given an opportunity, we can seize it or avoid it. We can grab onto it, or we can let it slip thru our grasp. What will we do with the opportunities we hear to reach people?
Lord help us to seize the opportunities inn front of us. Help us to see what you are up to . Help us to focus our attention on the truth of the gospel and share our experience. God you are so good.
i heard a speaker say this in service sunday…this hit me up side the head. in 2 kings 4 the shunammite woman gains a son and loses him to sickness. Elisha the prophet spoke this child over her life at an old age…the woman saw Elisha different her perception was not that he was a traveling evangelist or a preacher or a nice man…she saw him as a holy man of God and she wanted to do something for him. she built him a room on the roof with a table, a bed and a candlestick. perception…if she perceived him as something else she may not have built the room and in turn may not have had the son…now that kinda messes with you!
if the perception of the pastor was shifted in such a way…people would receive a lot more from him…and in turn conceive much more in their lives…basically, when a persons perception of the pastor is off its it leads to a disease of familiarity. its hard to receive from someone you perceive as common.
we need a new perception of the man of God!