Chapter-a-Day Acts 25

VipThe next day everybody who was anybody in Caesarea found his way to the Great Hall, along with the top military brass. Agrippa and Bernice made a flourishing grand entrance and took their places. Festus then ordered Paul brought in. Acts 25:23 (TM)

Along life’s journey I’ve occasionally been in the company of people who are considered "important" by the worlds standards. I’ve met several authors, musicians, business leaders, popular speakers and even a media celebrity or two. I used to be awed in the presence of those the world taught me to consider more important than myself. My heart would beat like it was going to explode from my chest. I could feel my face flush and my voice would quiver when I opened my mouth to speak. It was always a nerve wracking experience.

Somewhere along the line I began to realize that these people, the ones our world considered "important," were really no different from me. They were in positions of influence, but they had the same strengths and weaknesses that I did. In fact, I discovered some of these V.I.P.s were not very nice people at all. And yet, perhaps God placed me in their path for reason. Perhaps there was purpose for both of us at the intersection of our journeys.

Paul’s obedience landed him in prison. But, he had a two year relationship with Roman Governor Felix in which the Governor and his wife continually heard the message of Jesus from Paul’s lips. Now Paul has had the opportunity to share the truth about Jesus with Governor Festus as well as King Agrippa and his wife. For the first time, the message of Jesus was being heard in the lofty halls of Roman government and in the King’s chambers. Soon, Paul would take the Message to Caesar himself.

Jesus implied that there would be times when we would be given access to people of worldly influence and importance. He told us not to be anxious when our paths cross with a V.I.P. He said, "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say." (Luke 12:11-12).

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Chapter-a-Day Acts 25

VipThe next day everybody who was anybody in Caesarea found his way to the Great Hall, along with the top military brass. Agrippa and Bernice made a flourishing grand entrance and took their places. Festus then ordered Paul brought in. Acts 25:23 (TM)

Along life’s journey I’ve occasionally been in the company of people who are considered "important" by the worlds standards. I’ve met several authors, musicians, business leaders, popular speakers and even a media celebrity or two. I used to be awed in the presence of those the world taught me to consider more important than myself. My heart would beat like it was going to explode from my chest. I could feel my face flush and my voice would quiver when I opened my mouth to speak. It was always a nerve wracking experience.

Somewhere along the line I began to realize that these people, the ones our world considered "important," were really no different from me. They were in positions of influence, but they had the same strengths and weaknesses that I did. In fact, I discovered some of these V.I.P.s were not very nice people at all. And yet, perhaps God placed me in their path for reason. Perhaps there was purpose for both of us at the intersection of our journeys.

Paul’s obedience landed him in prison. But, he had a two year relationship with Roman Governor Felix in which the Governor and his wife continually heard the message of Jesus from Paul’s lips. Now Paul has had the opportunity to share the truth about Jesus with Governor Festus as well as King Agrippa and his wife. For the first time, the message of Jesus was being heard in the lofty halls of Roman government and in the King’s chambers. Soon, Paul would take the Message to Caesar himself.

Jesus implied that there would be times when we would be given access to people of worldly influence and importance. He told us not to be anxious when our paths cross with a V.I.P. He said, "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say." (Luke 12:11-12).

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Seth W.

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