Question: Does our compassion cause us to be bold?
Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.
Paul’s spirit was provoked, troubled, and distressed when he seen the city of Athens given over to idols. “Therefore” he reasoned in the synagogue and in the marketplace daily. Paul’s compassion for their lost souls caused him to be bold to preach the Gospel.
Are we provoked enough for the lost to be bold?
Are we bold enough to speak up to tell others about Jesus?
Paul proclaiming the Gospel in the marketplace really caught my attention. Having participated in some door-to-door church work in the past, it does take some boldness to confront complete strangers about sin, Jesus, and church. But people are generally polite, and at the end of the day you meet a lot of nice people and you were able to make them think about eternity.
Where else can we be bold for Jesus?
Paul had to go to the synagogues and the marketplace to meet people. In our day we have opportunities at parks, malls, work, neighborhoods, and now even Internet communities like Blogs and Facebook.
Which requires more boldness, telling strangers, or telling people you already know?
A stranger we may never see again, but talking with extended family, friends, and coworkers about Jesus can require even more courage.
Like Paul, let our compassion for souls drive us to action and step out of our comfort zone to tell others about salvation through Jesus Christ.