Almost

“You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
(Acts 26:24-28, NIV)

When I read these words, I want to shout, “Believe, Agrippa, believe! Paul is telling you the truth. Just believe!”

Many sermons and devotions have been written around these words of King Agrippa who was almost persuaded. Sermons and devotions crafted by those who believe. Sermons and devotions received by those who believe. All of whom want others to believe.

And yet, this believer wonders if I too am almost persuaded. Don’t get me wrong. I love Jesus and am so thankful that He gave Himself for my sins. I rejoice in His resurrection and look forward to His return.

Still in some ways, I am almost persuaded.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NIV)

If I truly believed this verse, I think more mountains would have moved.
The entire book of the Acts of the Apostles is a testament to what can happen when believers act in faith. People were healed, the dead were raised, and prison gates miraculously swung open.

Why isn’t today’s church more like the early church? Why don’t we live in faith like they did?
Do we truly believe that Jesus is who He said He was? Do we understand what happened at the resurrection? Do we trust God completely?

Or are we almost persuaded?

Today, God is pleading with us: “Believe, My child, believe! The Bible is the truth. Just believe.”
Will you have faith as small as a mustard seed?  There are mountains that need to be moved.

By LaRaine Rice

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