What compelled Paul and Silas who had been stripped, beaten and thrown into jail to not escape at this moment of opportunity? All the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened and yet these two men decide to stay in the cell?
Paul preaches the gospel in Antioch, Iconium and then Lystra but runs into fierce opposition from some unbelieving Jews along the way. Their opposition was so intense that they end up following Paul to Lystra and drag him outside the city to crush his skull with stones. Paul is left for dead. He is so beaten and battered that the Jews assumed he was dead.
When we talk about reaching others, in a sense we are talking about what most people would define as evangelism. This means actively trying to share the good news about what God has done through Jesus with the hope that people will respond to this news by repenting and following Jesus as King. However, if we’re not considerate in our efforts to do this, we begin to fall into the trap of becoming Christian-salesmen peddling Jesus as our product and strictly focusing on ‘closing the deal’ and moving on to the next customer.