Having Therefore Obtained Help Of God…
When do we actually begin to believe in the power of Jesus Christ? When do we accept that He, and He alone, is the reason for all the goodness in our life?
Back in the day, we were fallen, broken and still speaking as a child, we had little or no faith to carry us through the day. We would do as we felt made us feel good with no care or concern about consequences, how it may impact others or how it was ripping a whole in our heart and soul. None of this mattered. We didn’t care that others were deeply hurt, we didn’t care that families argued over our presence, we didn’t care about property damage or any of the evil deeds we committed.
Then one day we catch a glimpse, we hear a Word or an Angel arrives at our door in the form of a real estate agent, a police officer or child selling candy/cookies for a school function. We feel something that’s different. We hear something we have heard a thousand times, but we hear differently. We know not what it is. We pay it no attention, but we never forget the encounter.
As Paul describes to Agrippa what we do next has the potential to change our lives forever. Most of us pay it no mind. The multitudes go about their day looking for the next loaf of bread, the next show or the next gathering to hear a marvelous speaker. The multitudes are only interested in being full, not being filled.
Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: that Christ should suffer, and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. ~ Acts 26:22-23 KJB
As believers do we not obtain help from God at some point in our lives, hopefully, on a regular, ongoing basis? Is that not a witness to the Power and Strength of God working in our lives? Why does it become difficult to witness how our lives have been truly impacted….or do the multitudes reject the idea that it is God working in their lives? I fear there is not many other options – either God is Powerful and fills us with His Strength changing our lives or He is nothing.
But he (Paul) said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knows of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, believes the prophets? I know that you believe. ~ Acts 26:25-27 KJB
We either believe or we don’t – there is no in-between; only believing or not. If we believe we should act like we believe all the time. We are not perfect, nor will we ever be perfect, but we can demonstrate our faith in ways that others fully understand and may come to believe themselves.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.