Thirty-Sixth Day of Lent

Acts 24

How would you feel to stand before a judge and jury? How would you feel to have false things said and charged against you? A top lawyer is brought in for the prosecution. You are left to defend yourself, and chances are you have no support in this courtroom. Those who are accusing you of these things want one thing, and that is for you to receive the highest punishment, death.

How do you defend yourself? Do you lash out in anger? Then they would just have one more thing to use against you. Or do you defend yourself with integrity and show God’s love.

You now find yourself in prison and will be at the hand of your enemies for two years. Do you change your story so that you are able to gain your freedom? Or do you remain true to your faith and use this time for God’s glory.

Paul is the man we find on trial before Felix. He finds himself falsely accused, but he is able to defend himself well. However, he will find himself in prison for two years as Felix puts off judgement. For the next two years, Paul is brought before Felix and shares the Gospel.

Paul shows us what it means to be an ambassador for Christ. We are told that to be a follower of Christ is not going to be a walk in the park. There will be suffering, but like Paul, we can never compromise the truth even if it means that it would take the suffering away.

Paul faced injustice but stood faithful. Jesus Christ is our greatest example of this. May we also be faithful in the face of injustice.

I just finished reading Max Lucado’s book Unshakeable Hope. And one quote that has stuck with me is, "Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, disappointment- they  cannot take your hope, because they cannot take your Jesus." He is all we need as we walk this journey of faith.

“It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name.” 1 Peter 4:16

Stacey Lees
Wetaskiwin, AB

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