Three very powerful political leaders walk out of a trial against the Apostle Paul. In Acts 26:31 it says, “As they went out, they talked it over and agreed, “This man hasn’t done anything to deserve death or imprisonment.”
What I found interesting is that we have the conversation of these three leaders after they leave. How did the author of Acts (Luke) know what these people discussed? Either he was there, someone else was there or one of the three told him later. Either way, there were Christians connected to these powerful leaders.
Recently, I was invited to attend Rotary, a club made of business people and many influential men and women of our community. As I enjoyed the lunch with a member of our church, I was struck by how many Westsiders were there. I was so ecstatic that people in our church have relationship with people in our community. And it is not some manipulative kind of relationship. They are authentic friends and colleagues.
Not everyone is to have relationship with influential people in our city. But the lesson for me is that in whatever relationships I do have, I may be the only Christian in their lives.
And for those who are reading this post and have relationship with influential people, keep being who you are. Don’t hide your faith, but also don’t push it down someone’s throat. Jesus said, “let your light so shine among men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify God in heaven.” Great life verse.