that they may receive forgiveness of sins

Acts 26:18 (ESV)

18 “… to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

Whilst the risen Jesus is speaking specifically to Saul here (who later will be renamed Paul), it is still a valid command to all missionaries.

Although to think of missionaries as only those brothers and sisters in Christ who travel to some far-flung compass point overseas is naive.

We are all called to share our faith. The hope we hold onto and that sustains us.

How else are out friends and family and work colleagues and neighbours going to hear of God’s saving grace?

How else will they have their “eyes opened”?

How else will they be delivered from “darkness” into His wonderful “light”?

How else will they be saved from the manipulating clutches of “Satan” into the loving, outstretched arms of “God”?

How else will they receive forgiveness of sins?

And “a place among those who are sanctified by faith”?

Kim+

prayer : that I could be bold in sharing my faith

action : seek opportunities to speak of my hope

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