“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do… I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 28:25-27, 29.

We could say Paul was “sharing instinctively.” He was courageous. Even to high ranking government officials who would determine his earthly destiny, he would still “speak freely” and boldly share his personal experience and testimony of how God had worked in his life. Why? Among other reasons, his own trust in God’s care for him was strong. And, his concern for the eternal destiny of others over-shadowed his concern for his own earthly destiny. And he was respectful, if persuasive.

Paul’s ministry was “not done in a corner.” Do we need to be more open, courageous, in our own personal witness and sharing? Where? When? What should our manner be? We can be encouraged and guided by Paul’s example.

by Bob Busenitz, Elder

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