The Great Escape

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In Acts chapter nine we read a narrative that sounds like a scene from Mission Impossible or a Jason Bourne movie. The newly converted Apostle Paul (aka Saul) was in danger of being assassinated. Fortunately Paul had some friends that believed in him and they devised a plan for his escape.

The Bible often tells of people that we might call “heroes” of the faith. But there are many we often overlook but their deeds were no less important. Such men are found in Acts 9But his [Paul] followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. (vs 25). The Bible does not mention their names. They were not mentioned in the religion section of the Damascus Daily. But God knows who they and that is all that matters.

You may be serving in an area that does not have much visibility. You may not think your work does not matter much but you are wrong. God sees every good deed you do and He will reward you. Mark 9:41 President Harry S Truman said, It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”  

While holding the rope, they had no idea who was in that basket. They did not realize that this man they were helping would evidently write the majority of the New Testament books. They did not know that Paul was a key figure in reaching multitudes with the Gospel.

Application: You might be “holding-the-rope” for someone in your Bible class. You might be the only one that is encouraging and strengthening that new convert. You might be the only one praying for that fellow worker or student.

It is crucial that you continue to hold the rope!

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