BLOG by: George Bratsberg
During my devotional time, I came across a passage in Acts that really spoke to me, regarding evangelism. Paul is in Athens, waiting for his friends.
- “The longer Paul waited in Athens for Silas and Timothy, the more angry he became—all those idols! The city was a junkyard of idols. He discussed it with the Jews and other like-minded people at their meeting place. And every day he went out on the streets and talked with anyone who happened along. He got to know some of the Epicurean and Stoic intellectuals pretty well through these conversations. Some of them dismissed him with sarcasm: “What an airhead!” But others, listening to him go on about Jesus and the resurrection, were intrigued: “That’s a new slant on the gods. Tell us more” (The Message: NavPress).
Normally, I read the ESV, but I really liked how the passage came across in The Message. I took away these encouraging nuggets:
• Paul was passionate. Notice how he feels about the idolatry in Athens. Are we emotionally impacted by the lost state of the world?
• Paul didn’t wait around for his friends before making himself available. He intentionally went out to the streets daily, hoping to strike up a conversation. How about us?
• Paul endured verbal abuse. He was an “airhead” for Christ! Are we willing to be shunned for the sake of the gospel?
• And here’s the big one: Paul preached Christ and the resurrection. In conversation, do we remember to stay focused on the heart of the gospel, rather than secondary matters?
Let’s remember the acts of Paul, as we reach the lost for Christ.
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