Acts 25:23-26:1

Today’s devotion is written by Pastor Becky Postlewait.

My grandfather had a saying, “If you don’t want to do something, one reason is as good as another.” This thought keeps coming to me as a reflect on Acts 25.

My grandfather was an amazingly intelligent man. He was the Chief Financial Officer of The Sun papers in Baltimore, who had been raised on a farm in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania. He could stand toe to toe with anyone intellectually, while still being able to relate to friends he grew up with who still lived in the small rural community of his birth. “If you don’t want to do something, one reason is as good as another,” meant check your motives. Be honest with yourself about why you do or don’t want to do something.

In Acts 25 Festus is trying to find some charges to bring against Paul and is asking King Agrippa to help him. In Acts 25:25-26, Festus says

“I’ve found that he has done nothing deserving death. When he appealed to His Majesty, I decided to send him to Rome.  I have nothing definite to write to our lord emperor. Therefore, I’ve brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after this investigation, I might have something to write.”

Festus was doing all he could to come up with any-ole reason to send Paul to Caesar.

When I think of my grandfather, I think of integrity and wisdom – rooted in love. He lived courageously as the man God created him to be.

Here is an invitation. Live into a life of integrity. Have courage in the person God has created you to be.

Who in your life is an example of integrity?

What gives you courage to lead the life God has for you?

What do you need to own as your responsibility, to do or not to do?

What are your thoughts, comments, questions?

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