Like a Moth to a Flame

And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Acts 28:21-23

After having survived the shipwreck and after securing another ship, the captain finally got all of his passengers to Rome.  This included the apostle Paul, who was waiting for a hearing or trial from Caesar.  The people who were put in charge of him at Rome appointed him a day to stand before Caesar.

During the time between his arrival in Rome and his time in front of Caesar, what do you think Paul did?  He did the same thing he had always done.  He preached and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.  Except this time there was something a little different.  Usually, Paul had gone to the people to tell them about Jesus.  This time, the people were coming to Paul and asking about Jesus.

“…there came many to him into his lodging…”  They came to him.  And he obliged them, “persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”  Paul’s testimony had gone to Rome before him.  They knew about his “new religion” and wanted to hear about it.

There is a quote often attributed to John Wesley (although I don’t think it has been proven that he actually said it) that says “I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.”  Whether Wesley said it or not does not matter.  That is exactly was Paul did.  He sold out for the Lord.  He was on fire for the Lord and people came – like a moth to a flame.

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