August 3 Devotional

The apostle Paul was standing before King Agrippa in defense of his actions of spreading the Word of God in his region.  Paul did not hesitate to use this opportunity to share His testimony and to give the Gospel as clearly as possible.  Part of what Paul said to the king were the words that Jesus spoke to him on his way to Damascus to destroy believers.  Jesus said to Saul of Tarsus on that day; “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me” (Acts 26:18).

 

Jesus Christ gave very specific instructions to Saul.  Saul/Paul took very seriously the mandate God gave him for his life.  The reality is that the job God gave Paul to do is the same thing He is hoping you and I will do today.  He wants us to be a part of His plan of opening the eyes of those who have been in darkness so they can see the light.  He wants us to help those entangled in the trickery of Satan to know that there is a God Who wants to help them in their lives.  These days we are living in right now, are days when darkness seems to overwhelm light.  There seems to be far more being done in the name of Satan than that being done in the name of God.

 

The blame for this should not go to God.  He has given us responsibility to simply tell others what He has done for us.  When I was a teenager, someone told me that the most powerful tool I had in witnessing was my own personal testimony.  If you notice, Paul referred to his personal testimony on multiple occasions and saw powerful results from it.  King Agrippa’s own testimony after hearing Paul’s was that he almost persuaded him to become a Christian.  When was the last time you shared your testimony with someone who was in darkness?  When was the last time you told someone about the change Jesus Christ has made in you?  Today would be a good time to do it!

 

I want Paul’s words at the end of his time of testimony before King Agrippa to be my own testimony.  “Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses say should come” (Acts 26:22).  Don’t live the same way you lived before you met Jesus.  Don’t waste an opportunity today to show the change Jesus has made in your life!  Shine your light wherever you go today!

 

Everyone serves someone. You can only decide whom you will serve.