18 Feb Give the Gift of Eternal Life
“When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive. I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges. When Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.”
Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.” Acts 25: 18-22
Paul had numerous opportunities to preach the gospel and explain the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. As the process of the Roman justice system slowly progressed, God was giving Paul more and more opportunities to preach and teach about this new life that’s found only in a relationship with Jesus.
Regardless of the different challenges we encounter in life, every day there are opportunities to share with people about the good news of Jesus Christ. Nothing is more important than sharing that Jesus died on the cross, rose again and has made it possible for us to have eternal life as we accept Him as our Lord and Savior and live for Him. The power of the resurrection is something we need to keep offering to people in today’s world no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in.
As Paul was filled with compassion to share the gospel of Jesus with every king and high official in this legal process, I am reminded that God can give me compassion for the people in my community. I need to keep offering the gift of eternal life to my friends and neighbors.
It is so easy for Christians to be cocooned in their own world of fellowship within the church and not have much contact with unbelievers. I am inspired by Paul’s boldness to stick to his convictions in taking a stand for Jesus Christ. I need to keep offering to people the gift and secret to eternal life: Jesus. It is also important to remember that the decision to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior is not just a one time decision that ensures our eternal destiny in heaven, but also that there’s a life that Jesus has for us to live that can be full of meaning, purpose and powerful assignment that affects many for eternity. He has called us to share his life with many, as we embrace the best possible life we could ever imagine. His way is always much better than the ways we think we should live.
Father God, thank You for the gift of eternal life that is offered through Jesus. Lord Jesus, fill my heart with compassion for lost people who still need to know You. Help me to be bold in my witness for You. Show me how I can reach out to my friends and neighbors with the message of the gospel. Fill me with your Holy Spirit today that I may walk in your resurrection power.