21 Feb Care Enough for People to Tell them the Truth
They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
“‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
“Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” Acts 28: 23-28
The Apostle Paul had just come to Rome and this was a meeting with many of the Jewish leaders in Rome. Obviously His message of Jesus crucified on a cross and having risen from the dead was met with mixed reaction and stiff opposition. Some of the leaders responded, but others hardened their hearts against the message and refused to respond.
It’s true today that our message of the good news of Jesus Christ will always be met with mixed reaction and at times with flat out opposition. But as with Paul, we should be undaunted in our mission of sharing the key to eternal life and that living for Jesus Christ is the most important decision any of us will ever make. He is our Creator and we have been created to live for Him and honor Him with our lives. We do that by showing His love in all circumstances and loving people enough to share with them the way to eternal life.
I am touched again with the thought of all my unsaved friends who have yet to respond to the message of Jesus Christ. Paul inspires me to take time in my weekly schedule to rub shoulders with people who still need to come to Jesus and surrender to Him.
I need to keep challenging the people I pastor to not forget about the people in their lives that Jesus wants to save. We are all called to be people who invite our friends into relationship with Jesus. I want to be a strong leader who inspires others with boldness and with a heart to see their friends to come to Jesus and experience the best possible life we could live. In recent years, I like to quote one of my favorite Atheists (Penn) who has actually thought through the implications of the Gospel in such a way that he ends up saying this: “How much do you have to hate someone to know the way to eternal life and not tell them?”
Lord, help me this day to be a witness for you and to inspire others to live for you wholeheartedly. I set my heart to love people enough to tell them the way to eternal life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I will have boldness to reach out to people who desperately need you.