“A Short Time or a Long Time”
What does the title of today’s thought mean?
It is a phrase you will find in the scripture text you will read in a moment.
Paul has been giving his testimony to Governor Felix, King Agrippa, and his wife Bernice.
As Paul finishes his testimony, he challenges this trio to become believers.
Please read the following verses.
24 At this point, Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”
25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.
26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
29 Paul replied, “Short time or long — I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Take the time to read Paul’s full testimony in earlier verses.
It is very powerful.
One would think it would almost compel the hearer to accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
In this case, it does not.
This might have disappointed Paul, but he has done his job. He has given the trio all they need to come to Christ.
The Lord God will not force any person to come to Him.
We each have the ability to make this choice and will make a choice.
Pray that more and more would choose Christ.