The Visual Bible: Acts

I spent most of the day unpacking and decompressing from my travels. I went shopping, did laundry, restocked the fridge, took a long hot shower, and reviewed my Footsteps of Paul trip by watching The Visual Bible in which only the words in the NIV were used in the movie.

Acts

I am once again inspired by Paul’s spirit. I realize now that while we have been given different giftings, we all have a similar calling to preach. I am convinced that we are to utilize whatever means we have to serve Him. I see Paul as a man whose talents included speaking, engaging people in intellectual discussions, travel, and reckless abandon (abundance of faith).

I subscribe to the idea of “suffering for the gospel” and “surrendering all for the kingdom.” After watching this movie, I don’t think I really know what it means. Paul was arrested, flogged, stoned, persecuted, betrayed, abandoned, ostracized. He suffered much for what he has committed himself to do for life. When he says “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” it was a declaration of a life lived with single-minded purpose. He really was looking for the crown of righteousness that he expects from the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ. Suddenly, all my “hardships and sufferings” have turned to petty discomforts.

Paul and the apostles often saw visions, heard from Jesus, received power to perform miracles, had faith to endure persecutions. I imagine that their strength comes from great conviction in the Lord Jesus Christ. I hardly know anyone these days with this kind of faith. But I know it is not impossible to live out.

While I was watching the movie, fireworks were going off (still) outside the apartment. Chinese New Year is not over yet … I imagine it will continue going tonight and tomorrow and the rest of the week.

fireworks

2 Responses to “The Visual Bible: Acts”

  1. misshao says:

    love hearing your thoughts!

  2. mbcohao says:

    Thanks, Angelia! The Footsteps of Paul was eye-opening and life-changing in many ways … :-) Wish you were there!

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