I. Unhindered by outside forces
A. Delay caused by weather (Acts 28:11-13)
B. Confinement (Acts 28:16-20)
C. Chains (Acts 28:20, 30; Philippians 1:12-14)
D. Government (Acts 28:30-31; Romans 12:18; 13:1-7)
II. Unhindered by attitudes
A. Superstitions (Acts 28:11, 2-6)
B. Apprehension (Acts 28:13-15)
C. Intimidation (Acts 28:16)
D. Rejection (Acts 28:21-29; 9:15)
Day 52/260: Read Acts 28
Wherever he was, Paul was fulfilling the Great Commission. He could not stop talking about God’s kingdom, and spent time with all he came in contact with, “persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.”
He was tireless in his teaching “from morning till evening.” He never gave up. Souls are lost without the gospel. When this life is over, we can rest. In the meantime we need to work, and we need to work hard.
Brother Otis Gatewood once wrote, “Did you ever try to rest when you were not tired? It is an impossibility. Heaven is described as a place of rest, and we will not enjoy it unless we are tired when we get there. Many are not going to be tired because they never ‘work’ for the Lord.”
Is it difficult to keep going when we do not immediately see the fruits of our labors? Paul did not want Christ’s disciples to be discouraged. He wrote, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
Don’t give up. Keep working for the Lord, keep spreading the seed of the Word, keep persuading others concerning Jesus.
Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)
Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Pray for strength in spite of weariness.