As this historical narrative continues to unfold we find Paul giving his defense before Festus and King Agrippa. After sharing the story of his life before and after his transformation with Christ, King Agrippa reveals an interesting question.
Acts 26:28 says: Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
Check out Paul’s response: Paul replied, “Short time or long — I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:29
I believe we see in Paul the passion of a man who wanted every person possible to experience what he’d already said in vv. 18-21 — that their eyes would be opened – they’d turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God – so they would receive forgiveness of sins and place their faith in Christ – that they’d repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
As we are only a few days from Easter – these things ought to be fresh in our minds as we remember what Christ made possible for us. As you think about Paul’s passion – he’s on trial basically for his life – and yet he’s still sharing with everyone possible the truth about Jesus Christ.
So here’s a simple question: Could you / would you – say the same basic thing Paul said? I wish that everyone would “become what I am, except for __________”. If that’s your desire, what are you doing abou it?