Is passion driving your actions?
From Acts: A 28-Day Devotional
Paul knows he’s innocent, so when the trial day comes he hands in an innocent plea and asks to have his case sent to Caesar. While Paul awaits transport to Rome, the new governor invites some visitors to weigh in on Paul’s case.
During college football season, excitement is on display every Saturday in stadiums all over the country. Fans have no problem losing their minds in excitement for their team. They identify with the school and have a passion to see it succeed.
Passion is a powerful thing. When you are passionate about something, you have no issue being bold to support it. Paul was passionate about spreading the Gospel, and his boldness goes on display in Acts 25.
Paul responds to Festus in Acts 25:10-11 saying, “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. If however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”
Notice the tone Paul uses to end his statement. He is on trial and could be sentenced to death, but because he believes in his actions and his purpose, he speaks boldly. Paul’s passion for spreading Jesus’ message made him willing to face anything — even death. When we catch on to this kind of passion for the Gospel, we can gain a boldness that changes our communities and the world!
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- How can you display a passion for the Gospel in your life?