You are my servant… in whom I will display my splendor. Isaiah 49:3
In Acts 17 Paul goes from city to city sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus. Acts 17:17 states that Paul persisted, day by day with those who happened to be there. I find Paul’s example so encouraging because in just one prior verse, verse 16 it states how greatly distressed he was to see the city so full of idols! Yet the odds stacked against him did not dissuade him from persisting day by day to ANY who happened to be around!!
Acts 17:26 states something I want to keep in the forefront of my mind, …and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. WHY? KEEP READING! Verse 27, God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, through he is not far from each one of us. Encouraging isn’t it that He is not far from ANY of us! He already stepped out of heaven and came down to us, died for us, rose again for us!! We who believe, who’s hearts He has already called and opened to Him just need to display His splendor! You have an angle that displays Him that people He has positioned around you in this place at this time will be susceptible to knowing Him through you, through the way He created only you display His splendor right here right now!!!
Why do you think, though Paul greatly distressed, did not give up due to overwhelming odds? Paul knew first hand what it was like to live apart from the Truth and he had experienced the love and pursuit of a Savior that surpassed anything he had ever experienced before, more fulfilling than anything else he had wholeheartedly pursued in his life and he could not keep that splendid treasure to himself! Paul also knew as Acts 17:31 states, For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. Paul knew Truth now and so persisted day by day because a day is set and is coming still in which time will run out to make a choice in whom you will serve. So, choose this day whom you will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Acts 17:32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of the them sneered, but the others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” Despite great distress at the odds that seem to stack against us in trying to evangelize planet earth before Jesus returns, God does say the harvest is plentiful.. .PLENTIFUL! So we will never find those that want to hear us again on the subject if we don’t keep trying day after day and with ANY who happen to be around us in this very place for such a time as this!
There is no time like the present… your time and place is a God given gift to you! You are a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3
Independent Read: Matthew 9:37, Romans 5:8, Matthew 28:6, John 11:25, Revelation 19:11-16, 2 Peter 3:8-10