After reading through Acts 24-26, I find it difficult to set my mind to but one verse on which to meditate and reflect upon. Rather, what I see repeated again in Acts 26, is that Paul, in the face of adversity, shares his story as he is granted an audience before yet another person of powerful position. He tells the king his testimony – speaking truth about Jesus and faith that leads to sanctification from sin. No matter the accusations nor charges, Paul sticks to sharing his story, free from fear, as he is powerfully equipped each time.
Though King Agrippa claimed to have no interest in converting, he recognized the ridiculousness of the request to kill or imprison Paul for simply sharing his story. The king even went so far as to tell the governor, Festus, that Paul should have been set free.
Power is presented when we share our story, even with those who have yet to believe. Our story is just that – it is ours. It is impossible to refute an individual’s own experiences, regardless of one’s personal convictions.
Though we do not all have such an extreme encounter with the Eternal to tell, we each have a story to share of our Savior’s amazing grace, provision, and goodness. He has given us glorious gifts, and we are created to be in community with Him and all of creation.
What is your story? How has He touched your heart with His hand, and brought light to former darkness?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that there is power wherever truth is presented. Thank You for great examples set by those who have gone before us, as to how we can share the story of our salvation that You have lovingly scribed on our hearts. Forgive us for our fear, and empower us with Your strength so that we may boldly share our stories that speak of Your unending love that leads the lost to the safe space of salvation. Teach us how to tell that which You have placed in our heart. May our story be spoken in strength, so that You may most clearly be conveyed. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present