Boldly and without Hindrance

Acts 28:31: “Boldly and without hindrance he [Paul] preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Where was Paul when he preached boldly and without hindrance? He was under house arrest “with a soldier to guard him” (verse 16) and “bound with this chain” (verse 20).

Verse 30 says he was there “for two whole years.” Paul was innocent. As he said in verse 17, “I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors.” He said the Romans wanted to release him, “because [he] was not guilty of any crime deserving death.” However, the Jews objected. So he appealed to Caesar (verses 18-19).

Paul didn’t complain that if only he were free, he could serve God. He didn’t feel sorry for himself and say that as a Christian he deserved health, wealth, and freedom.

I wish I had his energy and dedication. Verse 23 says, “From morning till evening he explained and declared to them (the people) the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.”

We too can choose to maintain a positive attitude, serve God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and leave the results to him.

Because we live in an imperfect world, we are usually in crisis, about to go into crisis, or coming out of crisis. What will we do? Will we continue to serve God boldly and without hindrance as Paul did? Will we still share the good news of Jesus Christ?

Dear God, help me serve you boldly and without hindrance. Amen.

Application: With whom will you share the good news of Jesus Christ this week?

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