My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, October 27, 2012
When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
(Acts 28:16 NASB)
After three days Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began
saying to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people
or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from
Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
(Acts 28:17 NASB)
When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in
large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying
about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus,
from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until
(Acts 28:23 NASB)
And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him,
(Acts 28:30 NASB)
preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
(Acts 28:31 NASB)
Paul had quite a journey to Rome. The boat trip which should have
taken just a few days ended up taking months and months. However, Paul
never allowed that to be an obstacle to what he believed God wanted him
to do. Finally, after arriving in Rome he was allowed to be under house
arrest in his own home. He wasted no time. After his incredible
journey, on the third day after he arrived in Rome, he called together
the leading Jews. He was ready to be at work and to fulfill the mission
to which he believed God had called him. We see that during his entire
time of house arrest he never allowed his circumstances to be an
obstacle to preaching the good news about Jesus. Instead, he constantly
looked for ways in which he could, day in and day out, tell people
about what was most important to him.
I think about how often we find excuses or obstacles to preaching
the good news. We are waiting until the circumstances are just right,
or until we see a mighty movement of God, or some kind of miraculous
act. Paul never, ever sat around and waited. Instead, Paul was
constantly on the move, making the very most of every single
circumstance to continue sharing about Christ. Nothing ever seemed to
be an obstacle to him, instead, he seemed to turn every obstacle into an
That is a great lesson for us today. Obstacles are actually
opportunities! What would happen if God's children embraced life in
this way? What if we could rejoice in every obstacle which is sent
across our paths and then ask God to use us in spite of the obstacles,
to make a difference in our world. I know that it's easy to get
discouraged and to see the obstacles as more than we can overcome.
Within our own power that would be true, but we serve a God who is
greater. We serve the same God that Paul served -- a God who takes
obstacles and uses them to his glory. The result is that they are not
obstacles at all, but can be moments of the revelation of God's grace.
Lord, please help me to see the obstacles through your eyes! Amen.