Daily D – Acts 28:30-31
For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him. ACTS 28:30-31 (NLT)
Paul lived for two years in his rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit. He urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ.
His door was always open.
What would you do if all your dreams came true?
Paul looked forward to Rome for so long. He dreamed many dreams. He planned many plans. He arrived precisely where he was destined, albeit along a different path than he most likely expected.
His traveling days were over. He settled in to a house with a room big enough to entertain groups of friends and inquirers. He lived hospitably, just as he had written to the Roman Christians (Rom. 12:13). He confidently taught about the King Above All Kings right there in the front yard of the emperor. “And no one tried to stop him.” Paul may have lived under house arrest, but the gospel was unchained.
“His door was always open.” The offer to know and experience God’s gift of salvation was always available. As he wrote to the Roman Christians (10:9, 10), “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
His door was always open. The offer of eternal life was continually extended.
Here end Luke’s writings. There are many who believed he intended to write a third volume to add to the Gospel of Luke and Acts. There are those who likewise believe God’s intention was that Acts end just as it does. The purpose of the ending is the next steps forward of God’s eternal plans are for us to fulfill. Just as our Father in heaven had a wonderful plan for Peter and Paul, Barnabas and John Mark, Philip and his four daughters, Aquila and Priscilla, he likewise has a wonderful plan for us.
In this season of pandemic when church members hesitatingly regather in worship centers on Sunday, if they do, it appears the gospel is hindered. Instead, it is as unchained as the doors to our homes. May our houses be like Paul’s and Denny’s, always open. Take an hour or so and read the whole book of Acts in one sitting. Compare how many public places of worship there are with how many home settings there are. The good news of Jesus spreads best person to person, not pulpit to person.
When the next volume of the church in action is completed, what will your part of the story say?
I will live as an open door for the good news.
Our Father, it is risky to go anywhere right now. May our homes become tools in your hands for gospel contagion. Use us to confidently declare your good news. Amen.
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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.