God’s Word Says….
Acts 24:15-16 (NCV)
15 I have the same hope in God that they have—the hope that all people, good and bad, will surely be raised from the dead. 16 This is why I always try to do what I believe is right before God and people.
There are several things worth noting in the passage surrounding these verses highlighted today:
Paul was being presented before the governor (Felix) on charges that he was inciting the people and causing an uproar in the temple and the town. The easiest and safest thing for Paul to have done, was to either keep quiet to avoid further incrimination, or to blast out against his opposers. Instead, Paul chose to use this public forum to further speak the Word of God and so that these hearers, who under normal circumstances may not have visited the temple, would know of the hope that lies within him! Wow, commendable!
Paul had no regrets. If Felix demanded his death, like Tertullus wanted, Paul knew that his conscience would be clear and that he could stand before Jesus without guilt and embarrassment.
How is it with us, friend? Are we consistent with our testimony? Our witness? Our teaching? Our preaching? Can we truly share the Word in an open setting without the worry of fingers being pointed back at our actions on the same subject? Can we stand before God, the One who knows and sees all things, and face Him with without embarrassment that we lived the life He demanded in His Word, and that we honestly shared the Word openly and without guilt ourselves? I know we are not perfect, especially as long as we live here on planet earth, but the question today is “Do we live our lives according to the blessed hope that we possess?” I believe that opposition to what Paul was claiming would have been lies by his openents/accusers. Would we be as confident about the same scenario friend?
Lord Jesus, I pray that I would live my life in total honesty to You, and before all my family and friends. I pray that what they see is exactly what You know to be the case also. Please help me to avoid pretense. Like Paul, may I live, and may I present myself before You with no regrets or embarassment. Please also touch the heart of my friends that might meditate on this devotional so that they too may present themselves before You without regret. May we be the image and voice of You dear Lord to this evil and lost world in which we live. Father, all this is only possible through Your intervention, grace and power, so I ask this in Your awesome name and for Your glory, AMEN!
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