March 12, 2018

2 Corinthians 11:32–33 (NLT) — 32 When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me. 33 I had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape from him.

These last two verses in our daily reading is what got my attention. This incident with Paul is perhaps why today you are a believer in Jesus. This is right after Paul got saved when he was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. I am sure that God had us in mind when he got Paul’s attention with the bright light and the audible voice. He became the Apostle Paul and although he tried to reach the Jews for Jesus they were unwilling to respond and it was only after bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles, that’s us by the way, that he started having success in leading people to Jesus.

He was trying to convince the Corinthians of his love for them by what he had to go through to bring them the Gospel of Christ. He was so in love with Jesus, so grateful for his salvation, and so sure of heaven that he was willing to endure any amount to suffering  so that they might hear about Jesus. Here is what he went through to make sure Gentiles  heard about Jesus.

2 Corinthians 11:23–29 (NLT) — 23 Are they servants of Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served him far more! I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 28 Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?

How many people after Paul went through suffering and martyrdom so that eventually with the passing of many generations and much suffering and dying we finally heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ? If the early disciples and Apostles would have shut their mouths and not talked about Jesus in order to not be persecuted we wouldn’t know about Jesus today. And for us Gentiles it all started with Paul and a basket!

2 Corinthians 11:32–33 (NLT) — 32 When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me. 33 I had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape from him.

Let’s never take for granted the sacrifices others have made so that we might enjoy the Gospel of Jesus Christ today. Let’s not be afraid to speak for Jesus no matter what sacrifices we have to make so that each generation after us knows about Jesus and knows how to become part of the family of God.

I know Jesus today because Alpha Humbard, forsook the comforts of home and traveled around the United States with his wife, children and a huge tent. He would set up the tent in various cities and invite people to come and hear about Jesus. One night, in the early 1940’s, in Lodi, California my dad, who was in his twenties at the time, was out for a walk. He heard the sound of music and followed the sound into the big tent. It was there that he heard about Jesus and he gave his life to the Lord.

Don’t forget to thank the Lord for those that sacrificed their lives so that you could hear about Jesus. Maybe a few generations from now people will have the testimony that they came to know the Lord because the people of Hilltop weren’t afraid to tell their ancestors about Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Even though I am not a traveling evangelist speaking the word to thousands or a pastor who preaches the word to his people, I am called to be a minister of the word to the lost…without excuse…to which I have had many. We have all been equipped to make disciples so when I allow myself to be silenced whose kingdom am I working for??? Help me Lord to find my voice…the voice you have given each one of us to speak boldly about Jesus. Thank you