“And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” – Acts 17:2-3
If you are like me then you probably struggle with a number of things that distract from evangelizing. Whether they be fear or plain old laziness, there are plenty of variables that contribute to the lack of active evangelism that defines so many of our lives. As I read this chapter in my devotions yesterday, this verse jumped out at me. The phrase that most caught my attention that “Paul went out, as was his custom…”
Paul was a man defined by a few great qualities. He was a man filled with love for God and for the church. He was wise and intelligent. He was humble and compassionate. Paul was a man filled with the Holy Spirit. One quality that encourages and beckons me onward in my walk with Christ is Pauls quality of self-discipline and consistency.
Paul was consistent in his efforts to reach the lost. He went three Sabbaths a month to witness to the Jews. This was his practice all throughout the book of Acts. Even in the same chapter, a few verses down we see Paul approaching the Jews in Berea at the synagogue trying to win the Jews to Christ (Acts 17:10). Even still in the same chapter, Paul is sent to Athens and insistently goes about preaching the gospel in the marketplaces (Acts 17:16-17).
Consistency is a quality we ought to ask of God. We ought to beg that God would give us a habit of faithfulness in all things whether it be reading our Bibles, praying, budgeting to support missionaries, and even evangelism. Building consistency in your evangelistic efforts is glorifying to God.
Consistency is often a means of God’s grace by which he draws His elect. How many stories do we always hear of people coming to Christ after a friend, co-worker, or family member regularly prayed for them and witnessed to them patiently? In the Ministry of Paul, he saw people come to Christ after being consistent in his evangelistic efforts:
“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.”
The fact that the Bereans examined the Scriptures daily to see if Paul’s gospel was indeed biblical shows the fruit of Pauls active evangelistic efforts. Today I hope you will be encouraged to press on in your evangelistic endeavors. Maybe you have a family member you have stopped sharing the gospel with because they seem to just be hardened. Perhaps you are a street preacher and you are tired of seeing no fruit in the lives of those to whom you preach. Perhaps you are just a lazy Christian who failing entirely to share your faith. I commend you, by God’s empowering grace, to press on and continue consistently sharing the gospel with this dying world.
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