A CONVENIENT TIME
Suggested Reading: Acts 24-25
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Key Verse: Acts 24:25
Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
Paul was a Jew and also a Roman citizen. Such a prisoner would usually be under house arrest, not in a dungeon. The Roman centurion, Cornelius, his family and friends had been the first non-Jews to believe in Jesus (Acts 10). No doubt there were many Christians in this city who would care for Paul with food and housing, meeting his needs. We might become impatient with two years in which our movements were restricted, but not Paul. He was content to wait for God’s timing. He knew there were thousands more to win for Jesus, but there he sat. Think of it. Instead of thousands blessed by Paul’s ministry, there are millions who are blessed by the books of Romans and Galatians which appear to have been written during this time. Luke, Paul’s travelling companion, had two years to interview shepherds in Bethlehem, believers in Jesus in the Galilee, and dozens of people who knew Jesus personally. God could’ve released Paul to freedom as He had done before in Phillippi. Paul’s witness for Christ to two Roman governors and to the Jewish puppet-king Agrippa was in God’s plan.
Do you know someone who is waiting for a more convenient time to receive Christ. I do. Let us press for a decision now while there is still time.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You know how impatient I’ve been in my “so called” retirement years. Now, You have given me an opportunity to write this blog every morning. Please give me grace to get out of bed at 4 a.m. for reading Your Word, spending time in prayer and learning how to use a lap-top computer. May these words and pictures be a blessing to many. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Since I began this two year blogging journey last June 3rd, I’ve received close to 3,000 responses. Thanks so very much for the gift of your time and input. I am blessed by your care. Have you watched the music video sent to me on the weekend. It’s attached to yesterday’s blog. What a powerfully creative statement about God’s care for each one of us. I’m amazed by the technology available to us for spreading God’s Word. Don Simmonds, our Crossroads CEO and a member of the Telecommunications Hall of Fame, Ron Mainse, our Spiritual Director, and 100 Huntley Street host, and others, are about to launch phase one of seven world-wide television internet channels for the cause of Christ. Millions will be presented with the Gospel, encouraged in their faith, and challenged to be soul winners for Jesus. Just as Paul’s brothers and sisters in Christ supported his ministry, I ask you to do the same for those called of God to lead Crossroads. With the year-end approaching, there is an urgent need for offerings to support the greatest cause and the greatest outreach in our 50 plus years of ministry. Receipts for income tax deductions for 2012 will be issued. Crossroads is a federally chartered charity in Canada and in the U.S.A. God bless you for making the outreach possible through your generous and sacrificial giving. Here’s the link for donations.
Yours for discovering God’s timing and purposes in our lives,