Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Acts 26:9–10 (ESV): "9 "I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them."
The only person that can understand the mind of an unbeliever is one who has been one. Some folks forget how lost they once were and become appalled at the lostness of others. It's good to remember who you once were before Christ so that you might be gracious and merciful to those who are still lost.
While imprisoned in Caesarea, Paul was brought before Felix who desired to do the Jews a favor. He asked Paul if he would like to go back to Jerusalem to be tried to which Paul appealed to Caesar. When King Agrippa visited Felix he told him of Paul's appeal. Agrippa wanted to hear Paul's case so starting at the beginning Paul told of his lost days and how he too thought Christianity was a menace to society…until he met Jesus.
Do you remember how it felt to be witnessed to? Are there things that were said that enraged you? Remembering back to how you responded to the Gospel before believing can help you be patient with those who are presently rejecting Jesus. Don't be discouraged by rejection. Keep telling your story while trying to relate to the listener. After all, you were once in their shoes. Be patient, be loving, and be like Jesus! Amen?
Father, we thank You for being persistent with us for as long as it took to come to Christ. Help us to be the same towards others. Fill us with grace and mercy and resilience to share the Gospel we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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