Urgency in the Lord’s Business

Daily Devotional: Day 157

“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42, NKJV).

Peter and John had been arrested and brought before the Jewish Sanhedrin. Following the wise counsel of Gamaliel, a prominent member of the council, the Apostles were released. But they were commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus again (cf. Acts 5:34-40). Two verses later, in Acts 5:42, the Bible says, “daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Look carefully at the Bible’s choice of words. It says the Apostles did not cease teaching and preaching. They maintained a daily, incessant routine of speaking about Christ. The key word and phrase are “daily” and “they did not cease.” 

The Bible is pointing us to the necessity of maintaining a sense of urgency when it comes to teaching and preaching about Christ. Observing the Apostles, you notice that there was a sense of urgency about their attitude. The fact is, they understood the signs of the times. They knew that knowledge of salvation is an offensive weapon in the kingdom of God. Our spiritual warfare entails an urgent call to strengthen believers, bring light to those walking in darkness and rescue the perishing. This is a daily call which requires a daily response.

Even satan knows that the stakes are high, and there isn’t a day he goes to rest. Revelation 12:12 comes to mind: “Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (ESV, emphasis added).

Each new day counts. We, therefore, don’t have the luxury of resting on our oars or being on the defensive. The only way for us to rest is to do the Master’s business daily. And, the only way to win is to be on the offensivearmed with the Word of God. Each day is an opportunity to make Christ known in our homes, in our relationships, on the streets and at the workplace. We can do this, because the Holy Spirit is with us. 

Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today. Amen.

For further study: Matthew 28:16-20

Answer for Yourself

Daily Devotional: Day 41

Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself” (Acts 26:1, KJV).

It’s a privilege to be asked to defend your faith in Jesus. Yes, it is! When you get an opportunity to answer for your faith, it’s an honor for which you should be extremely grateful. Think about it: you get to speak for the Son of God and Savior of the world. Here on earth, there’s no greater honor. In our world today, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you to publicly answer for your faith in Jesus. When friends, relatives, or co-workers ask you questions about your faith, don’t get upset, and don’t panic. They’ve presented you with a golden opportunity. Confident, yet humble, embrace the moment, and go for it! Heaven is watching. Don’t be ashamed of Christ and his Gospel. Defend your Master and Savior. Tell people why you believe what you believe, and why you’re stuck with Jesus. It’s too late to be silent or indifferent. The day you got born again, the battle line was drawn. Therefore, like it or not, you’re on the battle field. It’s a battle for the truth of God and his Christ. Take your place and answer for yourself. Don’t back down.

Today’s passage recalls a moment in Paul’s life when he was held a prisoner in Caesarea. One day, he had to answer to the charges brought against him. He stood before King Agrippa, Bernice, Festus, the Roman Governor, and prominent Jews. King Agrippa said to Paul, “Thou art permitted to speak for thyself.” Then, Paul, standing before a King, a Governor and prominent people from among the Jews, he begun to answer for himself. For Paul, this was a chance to tell all the people about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Everyone’s situation is different, but everyone has someone to whom we can witness about Jesus. Your audience may be someone at the mall, a relative, a friend, social media friends, a co-worker, your spouse, or your classmate. Don’t avoid conversations about Jesus; welcome them. And when you do, present a convincing defense of the Gospel, and explain why people should care about Jesus. Go for it.

Pray:

Daddy, I thank you for saving me through your Son. By your grace, I confess that I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is your power unto salvation. Fill me with boldness and wisdom from your Holy Spirit. And enable me to make the most of every opportunity to defend the Word of your Grace. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Acts 26:1-29