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Paul stands before Agrippa

Today’s Bible reading is Acts 26. Paul addresses King Agrippa, Festus, and Bernice (the Queen). He gives his defense for his zealous Jewish background and his experience of coming to Jesus, and he shows that Jesus is the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy. Paul even gives Agrippa an opportunity to respond to the Gospel. Agrippa isn’t quite convinced to become a Christian, but he knows that Paul isn’t deserving of execution. He acknowledges that if Paul had not appealed to Caesar, he could have been released.

Application

Paul just tells his story. And so must you. Note that Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus’ response to Paul’s invitation to salvation wasn’t up to Paul. All Paul had to do is tell his story and give the offer.

Several times in my devotionals I have suggested that you write out how you came to Jesus and what has changed since then. Look back over your notes. You’ll see that your basic outline is not unlike Paul’s.

You may not be the most eloquent of speakers. And that’s OK. Actually, Jesus said that we shouldn’t worry about what to say; the Holy Spirit will tell us. (Matthew 10:19–20) But there’s nothing wrong with thinking about what you will say; you’ll find it helpful.

Ask a friend or loved one to listen to your story and give you constructive comments for what you say and how you say it. You can’t mess it up if you just tell your story and be yourself!

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