Acts 28

Here we are in the last chapter of the book of Acts! And what a journey this has been! 

Have you ever been impacted by the end of a book? Was it surprising? Did it answer questions, or create more curiosity about the story? I found myself especially curious after reading the end of Acts. The last two verses of Acts specifically stood out to me. Acts 28:30-31 says, “He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance (Acts 28:30-31, ESV).” 

What is noticeable is Paul’s continuous dedication to sharing with people. We read that Paul “welcomed all who came to him (Acts 28:30, ESV).” Paul doesn’t stop sharing Christ. This verse prompts me to reflect and wonder what each one of us, and all of us together will do next to continue sharing Christ with our community and our world. We have the opportunity to be present with, share Christ with, and welcome each person we encounter. 

We read that Paul was “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28:31, ESV).” I wish I could see and hear these proclamations and people’s reactions. I’m especially curious about what exactly Paul did say. What did he teach people, how did he teach them? Most importantly though, how beautiful is it that Paul continued to spread the gospel of the One who changed his life in such a powerful way. Will we help others understand the power and grace of God? We have that opportunity in how we live our lives and reflect Him. 

Reading scripture doesn’t only tell us a story but it also prompts us to reflect on how the meaning can apply to our lives today and in the future. May our journey through Acts inspire curiosity of the past. May that curiosity prompt reflection of our present. And may those reflections inform and prepare us for what is to come.   

Thank you for being a part of this journey.

By Katie Wagner

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