Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24
News or stories abound everywhere a person goes all over the world. One can hear them in person, on the radio, on the internet, on television, on the phone, in magazines and more.
Some of those stories are true, while others are not. People struggle as to what to believe, because often there are two different stories with exact opposite sides of what is true. This is often complicated even more when how a person is brought up and taught is brought into the equation.
As Paul was a prisoner in Rome, he would proclaim the gospel message to any one he could, trying to persuade them to believe in Jesus. Some were convinced and believed, while others were not.
The world is always striving to get people to believe certain things. Believers sometimes will fall for those beliefs, if they are not keeping strong in God’s word.
At the same time the world is pushing their beliefs, believers are supposed to be doing the work Jesus commanded–to preach the gospel message to all the world. That gospel message is that Jesus died for their sins, that they can repent and be saved.
Every day, every believer has opportunities to tell someone about Jesus. One should do all he can to persuade others to believe, because their eternal life is at stake. While they are working to persuade others to believe, some will believe, while others will not be convinced in any way.
No believer should ever automatically presume that some person will never believe. Nor should he stop telling people about Jesus, because some reject Jesus. Every person on this earth needs to be given a chance to believe in Jesus or to reject Jesus.
God will always open doors for you to be His witness to those around you. Do not be afraid to spread His gospel message. Strive to persuade others to believe in Jesus.
Do not be discouraged and quit when some will refuse to believe. Move on to the next person and tell that person. The more people you tell about Jesus, the more some will choose to follow Jesus as some will also continue to reject Him.
You will never know how many will choose to believe, until you actually go out and give them the chance to believe.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will not be discouraged when some reject Jesus; that God will open your eyes to the many opportunities to be His witness; and that many will believe in Jesus through your testimony.