Almost persuaded

Date: Saturday, September 8

Scripture: Acts 26

Verse: “Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?’” -Acts 26:28

The biggest move in Christianity, some have said, are the eighteen inches from one’s head to his or her heart. It is one thing to understand Jesus, and another to allow him to be Lord of one’s life.

Agrippa’s question at the end of Paul’s defense, leads me to believe Paul was getting through. God was softening the heart of this monarch through Paul’s defense. In order to believe though, Agrippa knows this is going to cost him. If he allows Paul to “persuade him to be a Christian,” he will have to acquit Paul of the charges against him and anger those whom he rules. Such a decision would be a challenge to his rule, as he is told earlier the whole Jewish community wants Paul put to death (see Acts 25:24). For King Agrippa ruled over the territory that included Jerusalem and would even have had the responsibility for appointing the high priest. To go against the people would be a risky move.

King Agrippa is almost persuaded, not because of a flaw in Paul’s oratory, but because being persuaded would require action that makes him uncomfortable. We too may be almost persuaded to be a Christian. We need to follow that up with discipleship.

Prayer: O great God, I want to be fully persuaded to follow with my whole being. Amen.

Action: Be mindful of times someone is trying to talk you into something. Reflect on what calls you to action, and where you remain “almost persuaded.”

Join us for worship tomorrow at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church as Pastor Bob shares a message called “The Almost Christian.” Services are at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00am.

Consider coming to a Blueprint for Discipleship class on Sunday (9:45am, 11:00am, or 6:30pm).

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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