Acting Out: Day 41 — An Appealing Decision

Read Acts 25:1-27

Key Verse: Acts 25:11 “If I have done something worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die. But if I am innocent, neither you nor anyone else has a right to turn me over to these men to kill me. I appeal to Caesar!” (NLT)

In Acts 23:11, God had made it very clear that Paul was to preach the Gospel in Rome just as he had done in Jerusalem. God had told Paul that more than two years before the events of Acts 25, but Paul was still holding on to what God had told him. In our reading today we find out that Festus felt that Paul should not be put to death because he did nothing worthy of the death penalty (v. 25).

Paul had made a decision to have his case heard by Caesar and this guaranteed that Paul would be brought to Rome. If Paul had not done this he likely would have been able to live out the rest of his life safely in jail in Caesarea. Paul knew in his heart that it was God’s will for him to get to Rome, where he would once again be able to share his faith with those around him even though he knew that it meant that he would once again have to go on trial and face death.

Paul was so determined to Act Out for God that he continued to look for ways to share his faith even in the most trying circumstances. How determined are you to Act Out for God? When the decision is yours, to either be quiet and live in peace or speak up and face persecution, what will you do? Do you want God’s will for your life so much that you would be willingly to risk everything for one more chance to tell someone about His love? Remember, God gave up everything to show His love to you in the first place.

Prayer: “Lord, may I make the right decisions to follow your will no matter what the cost might be.”

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