God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 25
GOD GIVES YOU OPTIONS TO USE
“If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.” (Acts 25:11-12)
The heart of the gospel is spiritual, but the ways in which we live it out must be practical because we live in a physical world. Each of us has been placed at a specific point in history, in a particular country, city, and system of government and economics.
Paul was in the same situation. He did not stand outside the system of his day, but was an involved part of it. God had placed him in the Roman empire as a citizen. Because of that, he had options, and he used them.
Maybe it’s time for you to do the same.
Do you have situations in your life that are less-then-ideal? Do you have relationships where wrong has occurred, or circumstances where a change needs to be made?
When it comes to trusting God and pursuing His purposes, don’t forget that while prayer is the most important thing you should do, it’s usually not the only thing you can do. If there are practical options available in your situation, pursue them! If there are tools at hand, use them!
You exist in a place and a time and a system because God put you there. Even though it’s disheartening to have opposition, you can take heart and find hope in this truth: God gives you options to use.
p.s. To learn more about resolving conflict well, check out message 02 from my teaching series, “CounterCulture.” CLICK HERE to listen online.
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