Sometimes we are given opportunities we don’t discuss until long after the fact. Recently, I was walking through Central London and, stopping before Westminster Palace, the iconic neo-Gothic expression of Victorian power that is home to the Houses of Parliament, I was reminded of just such an occasion.
It was almost a decade ago and I can safely say now what I did not say then: we were given an extraordinary opportunity to engage members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords with a clear presentation of the Gospel. Shortly thereafter we were given a similar opportunity with members of Congress. I will leave it at that.
Acts 9:15 reads: “This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings …”
That verse was a reference to the Apostle Paul. Surveying his ministry as it is recorded in that New Testament history of the early church, one might well conclude his ministry didn’t amount to much. He was harassed and chased from city to city, beaten, arrested, mocked openly in public, and, as he approached his death, saw only a string of small, squabbling churches he had planted. Yes, you might conclude his life was insignificant and even wasted. That is, you might conclude that if didn’t know the two thousand years of history that followed.
Paul faithfully declared the Gospel to kings. He changed an empire. He changed the world.
What good did we do all those years ago? It is hard to say. There were no surveys and no altar calls. Even so, the Word of God is as sharp as a two-edged sword and your heart might be softened or it might be hardened, but you are never unchanged by it.
If you are a Christian, you are a “chosen instrument” of God. Are you proclaiming and defending his name?