I’ve often been amazed by the life of Paul. His transformation was so complete and his ministry so vast, yet he claimed glory only for Christ. Paul knew the work he did was pertinent and pressing to the Kingdom of God. Everywhere he went he was prepared to speak about Jesus. Paul also cared about those he was around, even when they are the ones responsible for holding him captive.
Paul warned the people he was with about the disastrous voyage that awaited them if they left Fair Havens, but they would not listen. Even in the midst of the storm and during the shipwreck, he encouraged the others on board and encouraged them to eat when they needed to—this gave them the sustenance they needed to survive. God kept them all safe in the shipwreck and used it as an opportunity to help the people on the island of Malta. Paul was used by God to heal people on the island and the people of the island gave Paul and company the supplies they needed. When Paul finally reached Rome, Paul was allowed to live under house arrest. This gave him the opportunity to preach while he was there. Acts 28:31 says “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
It’s probably safe to assume that Paul was not silent about Jesus on the island of Malta either. It seems like Paul was always ready to talk about Jesus wherever he went. This is both challenging and inspiring. So many times, I find that the name of Jesus is not on my lips, He is not the one I am always ready to talk about. I want to audacity of Paul when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ! May I not be ashamed of it for truly it is the power of God for salvation for those who believe! (See Romans 1:16)
For the past few weeks, and throughout the summer, the themes of serving and of missions have not been far from my mind. The words of Paul to the church in Rome have pierced me time and time again:
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15)
Paul’s words here echo that of his Master’s before him. (See Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8) Paul understood that as followers of Jesus we are meant to be His witness wherever we go and to whomever we are with. Granted, this will look different for different people, but I can’t help but feel convicted that this is not on my radar in my day to day activities. Every day people are perishing not knowing the Lord Jesus Christ! What are we doing as individuals and members of the body of Christ to introduce people to the living Lord, so that they might call on the name of the Lord and be saved?
May the Lord loose our mouths to declare the truth about Him to those around us and may they know we are Christians by our love!
Let us use our service as a means to declare and live the Gospel!