Today’s Reading | Acts 21
Sending Out Rights
What character traits did Paul demonstrate in this chapter? Write some of them in the margin of your Bible. An obvious one is courage. Paul knew that hardship was ahead, yet he was willing to die for the name of Christ if that was what it would take. There is another trait that is not as obvious without careful reading. It is found in verse 26. In this verse, we see Paul submitting himself to Jewish customs even though he was not obligated to do so. Why? Because he wanted to put their fears concerning his obedience to the law to rest and prove that he still observed the law. The rumors going around about him were not true, and he was willing to submit to these customs so that he might have an opportunity to minister to them. His rights and preferences were not important enough to him to sacrifice his ministry in someone’s life. Do you need this same trait in your relationship with someone? Others in your unit? A family member? Some friends? Do you miss opportunities to minister to someone because you are unwilling to give up your rights? Your rights are not worth missing opportunities to impact someone’s life.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?