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Our Plea and Our Passion
Dr. Randy White

“King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do.” Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” And Paul said, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”” (Acts 26:27–29, NASB95)

When the Apostle Paul had the opportunity to share the Gospel with King Agrippa, he wasn’t about to let the episode end without trying to “close the deal.”  Festus had become agitated and was about to call the meeting to a close.  Sensing this, Paul made a direct confrontation to Agraippa:  do you believe the Prophets?  With this, Agrippa made the startling claim that Paul was getting close to convincing him to become a Christian.  From this, Paul shared his heart that everyone in his hearing might become a believer, whether today or in the years to come.

I wonder if you and I have the boldness displayed in the ampetheater of Caesarea that day?  Would we have just let the meeting end, blaming the outcome on Festus?  Would our heart display the passion for souls, one and all, that was displayed in Paul’s heart?  I fear that I may not have been so bold, nor so passionate for the souls of men.  May God give us the mind of Christ that longs for those without hope.

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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