READ: Acts 28:30-31
- The very last word in the book of Acts captures the essence of the story: (unhindered) without hindrance. From the beginning, “you will be my witnesses….to the uttermost parts of the earth,” we feel the tension. At first, they don’t leave Jerusalem. Then, as the persecution finally scatters them, and Gentiles begin receiving Christ, the church in Jerusalem is upset. Repeatedly throughout the story, the battle is fought over Gentiles coming to faith.
- When it appears that Paul will be the primary voice for that, he ends up in a series of arrests and stories that seem to block the success of the gospel getting out. But, when the book ends, the various strings are not pulled together. Instead, the story is open-ended. Paul may be caged but the gospel is not confined. He preaches from prison and the church continues to spread.
- It’s an interesting development in the ordering of the Canon that the book of Romans opens immediately after this word, unhindered (wihtout hindrance), closes Acts. The opening statement includes, “We have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations.” The remainder of the New Testament simply proves that the gospel continued beyond Rome. We are evidence that neither space nor time could stop its forward movement.
- What hindrances to the gospel have you seen God overcome?
- In what ways can we be more effective in boldly proclaiming the Kingdom?
- What obstacles currently hinder the gospel in your life?
PRAY: Thank God that He lets nothing stop the forward movement of His story. Pray that you can be a part of that story moving forward. Ask God to reveal any obstacles that you can help eliminate.