You are always enough!
Acts 24:1 “Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.”
You may only have your name at times but your name is enough.
There has been five long days of waiting to see who would descend from Jerusalem to Caesarea.
Amongst the elders were two significant men:
- The high priest Ananias Nedebaeus, a cruel and violent man who according to historical writers would steal the tithes from the priests and give huge bribes to both Romans and Jews.
- A lawyer called Tertullus, though his name suggests he was Roman that is not necessary so, but neither is their proof of his Jewish heritage. He wasn’t chosen for his nationality but his ability to speak and bring the accusation. He was a professional in every sense.
Then of course there was Felix the governor. He had deceived and manipulated his way from being a freed slave to being appointed by the Emperor to govern the province. The historian Tacitus described him as ‘cruel and licentious’. He would do anything for a bribe and we will find out he was hoping to get money from Paul for favours.
Do you get the picture?
Descending on you are Ananias and Tertullas. These two men represented expertise in the Jewish law and also the Roman law: the law of God and the law of man. Standing in the judge’s seat is someone who cannot be trusted in any way. Then there is you.
He has a sinful past.
He describes himself as the least of the apostles.
He carries a thorn in the flesh.
He is like you and me.
Friends, whatever has descended upon you today, no matter how high and mighty or how official they be, they may have the powers to change your life for the good and for bad, remember this, you are standing there.
“I used to be called Saul. But my name changed when God changed me.”
“I am a changed man. God did a work in my life. I will never be the same again.”
You are more than your name.
Do not be intimidated by those who are more experienced or have fancy titles, who bring their accusations, who can tie you up in oratory knots, who can manipulate, who desire your flattery to entice them to be kind to you, who threaten and who are known for carrying out those threats.
Who are you? Who do you belong to? You are more than your name! You belong to the One who is higher, who is far and beyond and who is up, close and personal and in your life today. “Greater is He that is in us ….”