In Acts 28, we find the apostle Paul at the end of a long journey. He made it through a number of storms. He has survived the attacks from the Jews who wished to harm him. He’s endured a lot for the sake of the Lord.
When one really considers all that Paul experienced, I think it would be easy for many to say, “It’s time for me to stop. I’ve done enough.” But that wasn’t the case for Paul.
In Acts 28:23-24 Luke says, “When the had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe.”
In Acts 28:30-32 Luke says, “And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.”
Despite Paul’s situation, he continued to work. He continued to teach Jesus Christ crucified. Paul worked where he was. He wasn’t in the best situation. But he made the best of it.
In Acts 16, Paul worshiped God in prison. He also shared the gospel to the Philippian jailer.
In Acts 24, Paul shared the good news of Jesus to Felix and Drusilla.
In the midst of storms in Acts 27, Paul shared his faith to the souls on the ship.
Wherever he was, he worked. He shared his faith.
As you think about 2019 and moving into 2020, let’s follow Paul’s example. Let’s work where we are. We may not always find ourselves in the best possible situation. In fact, like Paul, we will face many difficult days. We will suffer. But no matter what we may be experiencing, there’s an opportunity to work.
There are opportunities in both the good and the bad days to talk about our faith in Jesus. There are opportunities in both the good and bad days to teach others the word of God. In 2020, let’s look for even more opportunities to share the good news of Jesus.