We are uniquely prepared for our mission. Paul was very outgoing about his mission. He was uniquely placed by God to minister to the Gentiles and to change the paradigm of the Jewish community. So, as he ventured across Asia and Greece, he had amazing success in building churches in cities that would change the world. Well, when Paul returned, He was destined to be persecuted; and persecuted Paul was.
The Roman Legion in Jerusalem did not like the Jewish community. They were quirky, rebellious, and hard to deal with. Paul was causing a riot in the square and from the soldiers’ perspective, he was a rabble rouser himself. Paul was dragged off to jail and was about to be beaten–when he told his accusers he was a naturalized Roman citizen. That changed everything. It was one thing to beat the nameless, faceless people of the empire’s occupied lands. It was another story to treat a Roman citizen shabbily–even when they were criminals. Paul was uniquely Roman and Jewish giving him access to all things Roman–even the Emperor. So, when Paul announced his citizenship, it began a set of events that would ultimately change the course of an empire.
We never quite know how God is going to use us. The circles we run in, the jobs we do all impact certain people and communities that need Jesus and a person to introduce them. Paul was such a person. We are also such people. If we would be willing to share our faith with those whom we encounter each day, Paul told us that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all Who would believe–both Jew and Gentile.
We simply need to share Christ with those we meet and do life with. We trust God to use His Spirit to change lives, all we can do is make the message known. Once we do, the world will take all its best shots to stop us. But God promises that the Lord who calls us is faithful, and he will do it–prepare, protect, and provide what we need to complete the mission God has set for us. Paul was a citizen of Rome, of Israel, and mostly of Heaven–So are we!!!
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The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”
23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24 the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?”
26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.”
27 The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”
“Yes, I am,” he answered.
28 Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.”
“But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied.
29 Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.