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Psalm 59 [Read]
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Psalm 61 [Read]
Acts 28:16-31 [Read]
The book of Acts ends with a statement that summarizes the work of the Holy Spirit in the 1st century and henceforth. What Paul did in prison of Rome gave a clear guideline of Christian living for every disciple of Christ of all generations: “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 28:31). Let us ponder this verse from four aspects.
First, preach the Kingdom of God. Proclaiming the imminence of God’s Kingdom is the first priority for every Christian, and it ought to be done by all means. Preaching the Kingdom is not limited in the pulpit of Sunday or evangelical rally, it ought to be done by anyone who is sure about his salvation and is willing to show it in speech and in deeds. A life lived with the assurance of hope is the most attractive thing to the world.
Second, teach about the Lord Jesus Christ. Teaching implies living it ourselves first, so we may be able to explain and help others to do the same. We are not just teaching about Jesus Christ, but we teach about him as our Lord. Hypocrisy is the most detrimental message a person can convey about the faith. On the other hand, a quiet, submissive, humble life delivers tremendous power to those around us.
Third, do it with boldness. Resistance and trials are part and parcel of the Christian life, and a faith without them can hardly be called a true faith. Who wouldn’t be able to sing praises under the sunny sky? But it takes steadfast faith and boldness to shout with joy in darkness. The generation we belong is not friendly to genuine Christian faith, and persecution comes in all flavors and forms. It takes courage, tremendous courage, to live a life with genuine faith.
Finally, pray for no hindrance. Discipleship is always a joint project between the master and the apprentice. The whole book of Acts shows how the Holy Spirit works for the master within the apprentices to carry out God’s will, and such acts are continuing even to this day. It is imperative to remember that every work we do, “it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phi 2:13). With Emmanuel, we shall have no fear.
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