Speaking for HIM!
February 06, 2020: SOAP #3717: Leviticus 1-3: Acts 13
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 13:6 They travelled through thewhole island [of Cyprus] until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewishsorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 7 who was an attendant of theproconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabasand Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.
Observation: Barnabasand Saul were sent out by their home church in Antioch on their firstmissionary journey. They traveled to thecoast and then sailed to the island of Cyprus. They did not have an advance crew to let people know they were coming. News of their presence probably traveled byword of mouth.
Barnabas and Saul met a 'Jewish sorcerer' who had the ear of the Roman governorof the island. I get the idea fromreading the scriptures that what the governor heard sparked his interest and hewanted to hear 'the word of God' from Barnabas and Saul for himself. Maybe he did not trust Bar-Jesus to give himthe full story.
Application: Reading this passage, started some questionsin my mind. If someone wanted to hearthe word of God, would they send for me? Do I speak of God in a respectful way? Can people tell from my conversation and lifestyle that I have a personalrelationship with God?
Even more important, can God use me to carry His word to someone who needs encouragement,comfort, or hope?
Prayer: LordJesus, I want you to trust me to speak for you. Send me with your word to someone today. Holy Spirit, speak through me and touch through me, I pray. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!