Daily Bible Reading – December 13, 2021

December 13 (Daily reading: Acts 24-26, NIV) We note the response of some powerful men to the gospel of Christ. First, there is Paul, who responded positively. His power was based on his authority to arrest followers of Jesus: “On the authority of the chief priests, I put many of the saints in prison.” But Jesus met him on the Damascus Road and told him: “I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness.” Paul obeyed the call, “that they (both Jews and Gentiles) should repent and turn to God.” (See 26:10-20).

Felix, the governor, “was well acquainted with the Way.” Perhaps the Holy Spirit had already begun to work in his life. After hearing Paul talk about his faith in Christ, his response was to dismiss him, saying: “When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” He put off his decision until a more convenient time. (See 24:22-25).

Festus succeeded Felix as governor after Paul had been in prison for two years. When Paul’s case came before Festus, he, “wishing to do the Jews a favor,” proposed sending Paul to stand trial in Jerusalem. He later admitted: “I found that he had done nothing deserving of death.” His response to Paul’s situation exemplifies compromise. (See 25:9, 25).

King Agrippa, upon hearing from Festus about Paul’s case, said: “I would like to hear this man myself.” Many times, a potential decision for Christ begins with a Spirit-inspired curiosity. After hearing Paul’s testimony of his conversion, Agrippa said: “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul answered him: “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” (See 25:22; 26:28-29). Paul witnessed for Christ in all situations!

– Al Gary





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