Here you are, standing before the King talking with him, and he calls you crazy.
That's what King Agrippa basically does with Paul. Acknowledges his intellect and then says "you're nuts buddy".
i don't know about you, but when someone calls me crazy (in an i mean it tone) it does one of two things.
1. I get flustered and don't know what to say.
2. I get angry and walk away so I don't say something I shouldn't.
Both of which mean I don't talk coherently. I don't. Just part of who I am.
But here is Paul.
He's on trial.
He's just been called crazy.
Does he get flustered or angry?
He calmly states:
For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe." 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?" 29 And Paul said, "Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am--except for these chains."
He doesn't allow circumstances .. in chains, being called crazy.... to dissuade him from his task. He keeps on the task that God has given him.
I read this and I am reminded to keep on the task that God has given me.
I am a mom. Raising a singleton.
I am a homeschooler. Striving to raise my son for the Lord through the things he learns.
I am a pastor's wife. In a small, God-loving church.
I am a person who raises rabbits, and sells them to the public, educating them as best I can.
These are the things God has called me to. These are my tasks. Should I not continue them boldly and well? Should I not use them to help bring folks to faith in Christ?
What has God called you?
Can you boldly do them? See Paul as an example in your life?