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The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews. So the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the members of the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.
Whether or not Paul was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin before his conversion is somewhat sketchy; however, there is a real possibility he was. That being said, can you imagine the joy Paul must have felt when he was brought before this same group that he had left to follow Jesus instead? Some may think Paul was scared, but in my estimation, nothing could be further from the truth. For Paul, it was “Every Leader’s Dream.”
If a person purports to be a leader but then runs from the leading group of influencers in their sphere of influence, that person is not a true leader. When St. Paul stood before King Agrippa sometime later, in Acts 26, his opening remarks were, “I consider myself fortunate to speak with you!” Another translation says, “I think myself happy to speak with you!” That’s leadership. True leaders step up to unusual opportunities; they don’t run from them. Jesus told His disciples, “You used to catch fish. Now I’m going to teach you to fish for men and women.” Of course, He was speaking spiritually, but in an even more modern way, He was saying, “I’ll teach you to lead people you used to be afraid of. Just follow me!” When I began my journey with Jesus, I started living “Every Leaders Dream.”
This AM, I’m blessed to be a leader of people in knowing Jesus. It’s been my dream since the day I met You. Help me never to stop dreaming of new ways to reach people for Jesus. Amen
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