Last week, we examined Paul’s arrest and his trial before Agrippa. What can we learn from Paul’s experience? I would like to share three lessons when we witness to someone who is unwilling to respond. What happens when you witness to a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor and they reject what you share? In spite of others response to the gospel…
#1 We must seize every opportunity to share Christ.
Paul was neither impressed by the pageantry of Agrippa nor intimidated by the power of Rome. He saw Agrippa and the court as men and women who needed Christ. His goal was not to defend himself but to proclaim the gospel.
He was so determined that when people encountered Paul, they encountered Christ. He said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ…” In today’s verse, Paul understood who lived in him.
As believers, we are Christ’s ambassadors to this world. II Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
J.I. Packer describes an ambassador as “an authorized representative of a sovereign. He speaks not in his own name but on behalf of the ruler whose deputy he is, and his whole duty and responsibility is to interpret that ruler’s mind faithfully to those to whom he is sent.” Today, remember who you represent!