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Facing the Criticism

Paul was standing in front of the royalty of his day with one chance to free himself from prison. He had one opportunity to clear his name and break the chains. But when Paul spoke, something crazy happened. Instead of pleading for his life, he shared his testimony.

Let’s be honest. If you were in prison and had a chance to free yourself, would you start telling these people that hated Christians about Jesus, or would you start begging for their mercy?

Paul did something seemingly crazy because He loved God so much that he wanted these people to know Him, regardless of the price it cost. Paul was willing to face staying in prison in order to appeal to the Romans and share his story!

Sometimes faith brings us to do crazy things. King Agrippa responded to this crazy act by saying, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” (v. 28) What a burn! Here Paul was, pouring out his soul and risking everything to tell these powerful men about Jesus, and all they do is throw it right back in his face. Paul responded, however, with grace: “Short time or long - I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me may become what I am, except for these chains.” (v. 29)

Sometimes our crazy faith is met with criticism. God, however, is bigger than the response of anyone. And if God calls you to take a seemingly crazy step of faith, He will use that step to impact others. You see, it’s not the result of your act of faith that matters. It’s the fact that you had faith that matters!

Reflect:

  • What “crazy” step of faith is God leading you to in your life?
  • Who do you know that you need to speak up and tell your story to?

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