27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Paul’s passion was to lead others to Jesus. This moment with Agrippa was one of those “pregnant” moments where the possibility of a new birth was close at hand. It wasn’t contrived, Agrippa was not being coerced; Paul recognized the work of the Holy Spirit drawing this man to Jesus. Paul made himself available to encourage Agrippa to believe and trust in what he has heard concerning Jesus. If not this time, then another time, but always ready with the question, “Do you believe?” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Who needs to hear today the question ‘Do you believe?’
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the spiritually lost among the global community in Shanghai; pray that they will be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit.