As we approach the finale in our series on Acts, we find Paul navigating fierce storms, fearful boat passengers and a shipwreck. On his way from Caesarea towards Rome, Paul faced life-threatening dangers and through the four times he spoke, we can see four traits which we can aspire: he was Perceptive, Prophetic, Practical and Pastoral. He was empowered to rise above the circumstances because he saw the Providential hand of God moving through their situation. May we, too, learn to recognize God’s fingerprints in our circumstances and trust Him as we carry out our kingdom assignment.
WHAT Would YOU DO
Let’s take Paul’s example: in the storms of our lives, as we remember the sovereignty of God over all situations, we have an opportunity to bring Kingdom influence. We can rise above the difficulty to be Perceptive, to observe and use our brains, warning of danger, both physical and spiritual. We can seek the Lord and bring His words to our broken world; we can be Prophetic. We can trust the Lord and continue to do the Kingdom assignment we have been given; it’s all hands on deck: we can be Practical. Finally, we can look to the community around us and share the good news of salvation, break bread with others and be Pastoral. How will you use your Kingdom influence to bring the hope of Salvation to the world headed for shipwreck?
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)