By Terra Hangen
Today's Scripture: Acts 13:42-14:7
Central Thought: When you have the opportunity to talk about your faith, take the chance and do it.
Paul and Barnabas risked their lives to preach about Jesus, speaking at Iconium in the Jewish synagogue to both Jews and Gentiles. Acts 14:1 explains that their preaching moved many Jews and Gentiles to believe. While they gained converts there, other listeners were angered and made plans to have them stoned to death. Paul and Barnabas had to flee for their lives and boldly continued to preach in the surrounding country.
How often do you have the opportunity to talk to someone about being a Christian, and yet you hesitate for fear of offending or angering someone? In North America today we can talk about Jesus without being threatened with being stoned, so the next chance you get, share something about Jesus with someone. That person might really love it, and it may have a far-reaching effect in his or her life. Be inspired by Paul and Barnabas's courage and take a little risk.
Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage to share my faith today.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Kings 1:1-2:25; Acts 13:42-14:7; Psalm 139:1-24; Proverbs 17:19-21