“I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way...”
- Acts 24:14 NIV
Paul was confident in who he was. He was a follower of the Way. When Jesus said he was the Way, Paul knew he meant it. Falsely accused and imprisoned, Paul continued to tell others, even the judge in his case, who Jesus was and about the hope that Jesus offers to the world. He put the mission God had given him above his own safety.
What’s even more impressive is that Paul continued to be faithful his imprisonment. So often we struggle with remaining faithful when we feel like we encounter a challenge that lasts for a week or a month or a few months, but Paul shows us what it looks like to be faithful over the long haul.
What Paul shared with Felix here beings up a key question: Whose “Way” are you a follower of right now? Think a moment before you respond. Are you following your emotions? Your anxiety or stress? Are you following the will of another human being? Or, are you following Jesus, no looking back. Answer this to add fuel to your prayers for yourself and our church today.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.