We’ve done 28 days of reading, praying and doing ACTS in our ACTivate Adventure! I’ve heard many stories about people being ACTivated in their Bible reading, their faith, and their awareness of the Holy Spirit worrying in and through them – Life is great when you know that God is with you! Here are my thoughts from this final chapter of Acts:
So we get to the final chapter 28. It starts with Paul washed up on a strange island by a storm and some quite extra-ordinary “snakes into the fire” experiences, then it ends with Paul living what seems a quite ordinary life in his own rented house:
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.
Isn’t that how many of our stories go: We look back to exciting beginnings, and God-adventures along the way, but now things seem to have settled into quite an ordinary routine “in our own rented house.”
Does your life feel more ordinary than “a great God-adventure” at the moment? If so, then take this lesson from Paul: His spiritual adventure wasn’t determined by where he was and what circumstance he was in. He set the adventure agenda by his continuous passion and commitment to the message that turned every place and every season into a spiritual adventure. In his ordinary rented house, we read that:
31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
It’s the believers passion and commitment to sharing this message of the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ, that has the power to turn every seemingly ordinary routine “living in your rented house” season into an exciting extra-ordinary Spiritual Living adventure.
Paul would later in 2 Corinthians 2:14 write about this “always and in every place” attitude which every follower of Christ should have:
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
Today, whether you are washed up on a shore somewhere, or whether you life seems O so ordinary, do some “proclaiming the Kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ”, and you’ll soon see your life take a turn towards the extra-ordinary side …
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!