But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.  For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this things was not done in a corner.  King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets?  I know that thou believest.  Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Acts 26:25-28

To me, this is one of the saddest passages in all of the Bible.  Paul had just finished giving his testimony before King Agrippa.  He had recounted all that God had done for him, to him, and through him.  He spoke of the prophets and he spoke of the Saviour.  Then, he asked the king a question: “believest thou the prophets?”  Paul could see that he wanted to believe.  He said “I know that thou believest.”  Paul wanted the king to believe and hoped that he would believe.

Then King Agrippa said this, which has been echoed many times through history: “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”  Almost.  “Almost” has to be one of the saddest words in the English language.  King Agrippa almost became a Christian.  Many, many people through the years have, like him, almost become Christians.  So many people have come right to brink of accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, only to pull back and continue on in their own way – the way that leads to destruction.

We should take this sad account and use it to inspire us to pray for those who are at this crossroad today.  We need to pray that these “almost” Christians would become true Christians.  Don’t let your friends and loved ones be “almost Christians.”  Work and pray for them.

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