Acts 28:30-31 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today, we come to the concluding chapter in the book of Acts. There’s no real finish, no ending; rather, it is a story of beginnings. It is a story of how God birthed the New Testament church. So we end with a final look at Paul’s journey. From persecutor to prisoner, from destroyer to builder – that’s Paul. Our final look gives us a glimpse into the prisoner who was an evangelist. Or maybe it was the evangelist who was a prisoner. He traveled to Rome all expenses paid, even if it was in chains. But as he arrived, he gained favor and continued to do the work of the Lord.
Boldly and without hindrance… that’s how Paul preached. He didn’t look back at his imprisonment and fear being arrested. He didn’t wonder, after all he had been through, if God still had a plan for his life. He didn’t water down his message to keep himself safe. Instead, he preached boldly and without hindrance. There was nothing hindering him. He was no longer under the watch of a guard; he was no longer in chains. He had been set free from the prison that hindered his mission and was now free to live it to the full. So he spoke with a boldness that could get him arrested!
In assessing our own lives, we should ask ourselves if we speak of our God with the same conviction. We aren’t in chains, so why don’t we preach without hindrance? We probably don’t have all the reasons Paul does to shy away from the message, but do we lack boldness? I find in my own life that I let many things hinder me from being bold for the Lord. I make excuses and point to my own insecurities. Yet Paul, who had every reason to pull back, didn’t. Let this final verse in the book of Acts challenge us to answer the call to our life’s mission and to speak of our God with boldness and without hindrance.
*What are you letting hinder you?