“So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.” Acts 17:17.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 13-14, and Acts 17-18.
I am not Paul, nor do I claim to be him. However, I like what I read about Paul in today’s verse.
I want to follow the lead of those who are Godly. To do what they do.
We learn in today’s verse that Paul reasoned with those in church and with those who were gathered elsewhere.
Note that Paul didn’t “argue” with folks in those places. He reasoned, therefore, he needed to be reasonable. If they didn’t agree with him, he didn’t have to become disagreeable.
I bare my soul in this blog when I assure you that I would like to witness to those I know and to those I don’t know.
Paul took this witnessing task on readily. How is he different from me? Paul was convinced that what he had to share was true and very important. And like Jeremiah, he couldn’t hold it in.
I excuse my lack of witnessing by assuming that I don’t know enough. Big fallacy. Why? I may not know enough if I am trying to argue someone into something. However, if I am engaged in a reasonable dialogue with someone, then I am merely hearing them and telling them. My goal is to plant His seed as best I can.
My fear that I would be inadequate at it is really a wonderful starting place. I must be riding God’s coattails in such an endeavor or it will be godless.
“Lord, thank You for presenting Paul, the good role model. You know my heart on witnessing. Help me, Father. You are my God.”