Friday, August 4 – Acts 28:30-31
Now Paul stayed two full years in his own rented lodging and welcomed all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching things about the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
Who in your life would you describe as an “open book”? From the beginning of his ministry, Paul was an open book. Whenever he had an opportunity, he shared about who Jesus was and how He had changed Paul’s life. Even here, at the end of Paul’s ministry, he continued this legacy by showing hospitality, graciousness, and openness about how God had transformed his life. He was unhindered but never unhinged. Paul walked in step with the Holy Spirit, showing boldness in Christ—free while anchored to Christ. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Paul’s ministry was not only effective because of the words he shared with people but also because of the fruit of the Spirit displayed in his life.
Paul’s testimony begs the question—what is hindering us? Do we share about Christ with openness? Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in the words we say and the way we live? Our goal is to grow deeper in love for Christ so that we will be dedicated and steadfast in faith, freely sharing about Him at every opportunity.
- What would it look like for you to be unhindered in sharing your faith?
- Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life? How do we seek to bear this fruit?
- Pray and ask God to continually transform you into His image, helping you live unhindered as you share with others who He is through your words and your life.