At long last, Paul arrived in Rome and lived there “two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him” (Acts 28:30). Paul, under house arrest, was chained to a Roman guard, but the way Paul looked at it, the guards were chained to him. Obstacles are better seen as opportunities. “Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen” (Luke 28:28). They had to! Think of all they heard, a captive audience to Paul’s stories of Jesus.
The Book of Acts does not end, it stops. The disciples continue taking the Gospel to the world, but Luke is done writing. He puts his pen down as Paul is “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Luke 28:31). Paul is in chains, the Gospel is not, and Luke has written of its progress from the streets of Jerusalem to the seat of Caesar in Rome. The book of Acts closes as the door to the world opens wide to the advance of the Gospel and we are part of the story of God’s Kingdom come.
Father God, may we set our eyes on Christ, Your Son. Jesus, the Name above all names, the One who saves us. May I let go of my ways, submitting to You. It is by Your grace that I am saved, Your gospel, Your goodness, Your glory.
May I speak of You at all times, seeing opportunities when no one would think they exist. The chains of Rome did not stop the gospel, nor should anything stand in my way. May I be bold, continuing the acts of the disciples into the 21st century.