If you follow Paul's example of humility and boldness in sharing the gospel, you may find someone "whose heart the Lord has opened".


What I can learn from Paul's ministry
These chapters in Acts of course highlight the missionary work of Paul and he takes the gospel to the gentiles and there is so much to be learned from his example! We will, of course, get so much more from Paul as we start to study his epistles coming in later books, but the example of him being willing to go where he needed to go and devote his life to spreading the gospel is inspiring.

Near the end of his traveling, he is preparing to head back to Jerusalem. Many have told him of the rumors they have heard of the trouble he will face when he gets there, but even knowing this does not deter him. He will go where the Lord has called him despite knowing what the implications might be. We know what happens later in Paul's story, and I feel that Paul himself knew as well.

Am I willing to share the truths I have like Paul did? Do I stand up for truth and righteousness despite the implications it might have? Am I willing to go and do what the Lord asks me to do? At this point in history, I face neither imprisonment or death for doing so, yet there are still times that I hesitate. I think most of the time I get caught up in the "formality" of missionary work and that scares me off. 

Paul loved the people that he taught. You can hear it in his words, especially his words of warning as he prepares to leave them, knowing he will never return. I believe that kind of love is the key to sharing and spreading the gospel. 

I love the video below put out by the Church that shows how that kind of love can be the key to bringing others into the fold. 

I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go

The Whisperings of Heaven
I also love this short story told by Bruce C. Hafen about a time when he was a missionary and how the Holy Ghost can guide us where we need to go when we are open to listen.



The Offspring of God
One of the most important teachings of Paul that changed the way people saw God were his teachings of how we are the literal offspring of God, and He, as our loving parent, wants us to succeed.  


I have a book, The God Who Weeps by Terryl and Fiona Givens that is amazing. So much of what this book has to say goes hand in hand with us being the offspring of God. I love this quote from the book:

We have already established that God is invested in our lives and happiness, because He chooses to be a Father to us. His concern with human sin is with the pain and suffering it produces. Sympathy and sorrow, not anger and vengeance, are the emotions we must look to in order to plumb the nature of the divine response to sin. 
In the biblical book of Judges, Israel repeatedly forsakes the worship of Jehovah, and suffers defeat and oppression at their enemies' hands as a result. Eventually, the Israelites repent and cry unto the Lord for mercy. In reply, He reminds them of their recurrent faithlessness. 
It is not the injured pride of a tyrant that we see here, but the pain of a suffering parent. "Ye have abandoned me," He responds. 
Then we read, "and He could no longer bear to see Israel suffer. 
("His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel" in the King James Version.) In the language of scripture, this is God's response to human sin, an underlying sorrow, not anger. Sin is pain, and the intensity of His response to sin is commensurate with the intensity of that pain He knows sin will entail, and in which He has already chosen to share. For He is the God who weeps.

Three Lessons From the Book of Acts
This video is longer than most that I share, but I really loved it a lot! It covered several important topics that we can learn from these lessons, but one that I found unique to this video (and the reason I wanted to share it) is their conversation about the women in these chapters and the important roles they played. If you have the time to watch, this is will worth it!