TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
Declare the Gospel Boldly
This passage is a continuation of Paul’s farewell address to the church elders in Ephesus. What I want to highlight in this text is one of the primary marks of Paul’s life and ministry is his bold declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Did you notice how many times the word declare, testify, and teach are repeated in this passage? In verse 20 it says, “declaring to you” and “teaching you” then in verse 21 it says “testifying…of repentance toward God”. All of these references emphasize that Paul has boldly proclaimed the Gospel!
Further, verse 20 states that Paul did not shrink away from sharing the gospel! Paul did not hesitate nor hide away when it came to sharing the gospel. You can almost imagine a turtle retracting into its shell, shrinking away from something that made it afraid and Paul is declaring that is not him, instead he was bold!
Here’s what we know to be true: it is intimidating and scary to share our faith. It can feel most natural to shrink away instead of stand and share. A helpful thing to consider is to think about sharing the faith like “testifying”. My family and I have come to love books, shows, and movies that center around a courtroom. In each storyline, witnesses are called before a judge and jury and they are to testify to what they have seen, heard, and experienced. In the same way that they witnesses testify to what they’ve seen, we as followers of Jesus testify to what God has done in our lives. We don’t have to have all the answers but we have a powerful story to tell!
May we declare the gospel boldly today!
If you were called to testify to what God has done in your life, how would you answer?
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Acts 20:20-23 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We pray that we would testify to the world what you have done in our lives. Lord, we ask for courage not to shrink back but to stand and share of your goodness and grace. Thank you for your kindness to us. We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.