Read Acts 26
Focus on verse 28
There are things we know and act on, like when we know it is dinner time, and there are things we know yet do nothing about – like when we know the laundry basket is full. In either case there are consequences that accompany our action or inaction.
In today’s reading Paul shares his testimony and defends the teaching that he is propagating, which has his fellow Jews upset in the presence of King Agrippa. There is a point in the account where King Agrippa makes a statement that seems to indicate that he understands what Paul is saying, but that he intends to do nothing about it.
And Agrippa said to Paul,
“In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” ( v. 28)
This statement outside of it’s context might be understood to reflect that King Agrippa expected to eventually become a Christian. Unfortunately Paul’s response to this statement clarifies that this is not so – at least not at this time.
It would seem that what Agrippa is really communicating here is that he understands what Paul is saying, perhaps even finds it somewhat convicting or convincing, yet intends to do nothing with it. It is almost sarcastic, inferring a sense of “Really? You can’t be serious” kind of tone.
Paul however is not thrown off by the king’s insincerity, he rather continues to express his desire that not only King Agrippa but everyone present would give consideration to becoming followers of Jesus. Whether any responds favorably or not the text does not inform us directly.
What is perhaps more important is the question of how we respond to Paul’s invitation to consider following Jesus. For many of us I trust our response is that we are already there. If not perhaps this is the opportunity you have been looking for to take that step of faith…or at least something to nudge you a little closer to that decision. Either way – now that you know…what will you do?