King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long–I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” (Acts 26:27-29 NIV84)
Paul is reaching the end of his message and King Agrippa is so moved by what Paul is saying that he chimes in. He feels the tug of the Gospel message and raises the question as to whether Paul thought that he (Agrippa) could be persuaded to Christianity in such a short time. Paul’s response should be in the back of our minds at all times when we think about our duty to witness to the Christian faith. Paul tells Agrippa it didn’t matter to him whether it took a short time or a long time, but that the only thing that mattered to him was that he (Agrippa) and everyone listening would become what he is minus the chains. Paul’s only desire is that his hearers hear God calling them through his message.
The same must be true for us as well! Our goal is to make disciples of God’s kingdom. It is not and ne’er will be about us. It was about us when God called us and redeemed us into His kingdom. Now it must be about the lost. I must be about those who have yet to hear the truth of the Gospel. Once we’ve done our part, the rest is up to God. We don’t do the persuading; the Holy Spirit does that. It is our job to plant seeds and let God take care of the growing and reaping. In word and deed, let’s leave it all out on the field and let God take care of the rest.