Almost

Acts 26:27-28King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

Known to be one of the saddest portions of scripture, hearing it again breaks my heart. After hearing Paul’s argument and knowing of all the customs of the Jewish religion, king Agrippa comes face-to-face with his own eternal destiny. 

“Almost…”

Possibly out of fear of humbling himself in the royal court, or just a sense of doubt that arose in his heart; for whatever reason, Agrippa pulled back from placing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who knows? He may possibly have visited Pontius Pilate after that fateful day when he washed his hands of Jesus and condemned Him to die.

He may have heard of Saul, now Paul, who was the killer of Christians was creating quite a stir among the realm. His curiosity piqued, he desired to hear just how this all came about. Only heaven knows whether or not we will see Agrippa and Bernice there. 

But I am convicted of my “Almost…” times.

Can it be said of us;

“I almost joined the church”?

“I almost got baptized”?

“I almost used my gifts and talents to serve my Savior”?

“I almost followed God’s calling”?

“I was almost filled with the Holy Spirit”?

Should have, would have could have… all become regrets at the end of our life. 

So, to take a lesson from king Agrippa, what is it that we are persuaded of that has gone undone? What has brought us to the precipice of decision only to step back and walk away?

Is it simple obedience to be baptized? Jesus Christ hung naked on a cross; beaten, whipped and stripped of everything – for me. I find it is the very least I could do to submit myself to be baptized.

Is it God’s calling to serve in some capacity? He says in His Word:

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

God knew what He was doing when He called me. In the things I have been called to do, I felt fear; I doubted whether or not I had the ability to do what it is God was asking me to do. Praise be to God for the things He has shown me and has done in and through me!

It is commonly known; “Whom God calls, He will enable – He will empower.”

We must realize that it is not of God if I can do it in my own strength. 

Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

I have witnessed to a number of people in my life. There are a few that truly stick out. Those who were gloriously saved and now serve God are  those in whom I rejoice.

But there are those who, after hearing the whole gospel presentation, push away, walk away and reject. 

I can remember one clearly. I had given all the scriptures that God prompted me to give and still they resisted. It was then, God gave me this thought – I told them our conversation was as if we had taken a walk back in time to the crucifixion.

Our journey ended at the foot of the cross where a very bloody Jesus hung near death. I asked them this question;

“Can you honestly look up into the face of the very One who is giving His life for you to be saved and tell Him – I’ll do it my way?”

They quietly turned and walked away.

As they did, I wept. Even now, tears come thinking where that person is today. 

We all have a regret of some sort. My prayer for you today is that if you are in need of trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will not delay asking Agrippa did. Think of it; he may very well be in Hell today regretting the very fact that he pushed away from such deep conviction and a realization that he needed to be saved.

Don’t make the same mistake.

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