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!
God had promised Paul that he would bring the Gospel to Rome, and despite trials, persecutions, ship wrecks and snake bites, the book of Acts ends with Paul in Rome sharing the Gospel. He might be under house arrest, but through and despite these events, God has brought him to the heart of the world at that time from where his preaching could go out to the four corners of the world. Jesus’ departing promise to the disciples in Acts 1:8, ‘…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ has come true. God is faithful to his people and faithful to his promises. Like Paul, this frees us to live boldly in him, knowing he’ll accomplish his will through us.
Spirit, give me Paul’s boldness today as I seek to follow Jesus in building God’s Kingdom today!
Today’s New Testament in a Season readings: Acts 26-28