Chair Time Reflections - January 28, 2019
Posted by: Stephanie Smith
Sermon Text: Acts 17
Remember the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”? It was based on the Six Degrees of Separation Theory that suggested you could connect any two people (via ‘friend of a friend’ statements) in a maximum of six steps. The lesser number of steps it took to connect you to Bacon, the lower your Bacon Number was. As we press on in Acts, I’m inclined to want to play Six Degrees of Paul instead. Paul’s heart to engage with anyone and everyone who would listen (and yes, even those who wouldn’t) surely led to a very low ‘Paul Number’ for countless people.
The foundation of Paul’s evangelistic efforts was really no different than ours. He had been rescued and redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ…and he wanted that for everyone else. And by everyone else, he really meant everyone - Jews, devout persons, people in the marketplace, philosophers, Athenians, foreigners, Greeks, Corinthians, Ephesians, Gentiles, Caesareans, people of Antioch, and Macedonians (and that’s just Acts 17:16 through 18:23!). Day after day, Paul chose to go to the people - in whatever city he awoke - and he spoke, reasoned, and testified that the risen Jesus Christ was Messiah and Savior for all who would believe. Some believed and some did not, but Paul kept marching on. The Lord said to him, and I believe He says also to us, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent” (Acts 18:9).
Sure, Paul couldn’t get to everyone - and neither can you and I. But will we, like Paul, simply start with the one in front of us and allow the Holy Spirit to spread it from there, one degree at a time? Today, try sharing your heart with someone…whichever someone God places in your path…and together let’s start giving out some delightfully low Paul Numbers.
Scripture Meditations for this week:
Tuesday: Matthew 28:16-20
Wednesday: Isaiah 52:7
Thursday: 1 Peter 3:15-16
Friday: Colossians 4:2-6