Acts 26:19-32; 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10; Psalm 49
Some of the best humor in the world is unintended. I think the Bible is full of that unintended humor. You read through it without thinking and you nod, thinking, “Ok, that’s God’s word. I needed to hear that.” Then, you think deeply and you start laughing at the ludicrous nature of the story. One of my favorite examples of that is when Paul is defending himself before King Agrippa who had just called him crazy for his beliefs, then laughed at Paul for trying to draw him to Christ so quickly. “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 26:28-29) I can’t imagine but that the whole crowd hushed as Paul, standing before King Agrippa bound and shackled, a prisoner of Rome under threat of death said, “I pray that you could become like me.” The comma in that last phrase was probably quite a long time as Paul realized what he had said, then added, “…except for these chains.” I can also imagine the nervous laughter that filled the hall at Paul’s comment. While we, as followers of Christ, all have our own chains, our enthusiasm for following Jesus ought to give all of us moments like these. I’ve known terminally ill people who have been such a blessing to medical professionals in their last days that they might have said, “I wish that you could become like me, except for this illness.” Some people have “accused” me of using this writing to seek to draw others to follow Jesus. Well, to be honest, that’s one of the reasons I write. This life of walking with Jesus is so great, I wish that you could become like me.”
Lord God, it has been such an amazing life walking with You all these years! Yes, there have been trials and tribulations. Yes, there have been times when I have lost faith and given up. You continued to love me and show me grace. I pray that my words and my life might continue to proclaim to others that aside from my weaknesses, that I would wish that they could become like me and enjoy their relationship with You.