After they had set a day to meet with him, they came to him at his lodgings in great numbers. From morning until evening he explained the matter to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the prophets.Some were convinced by what he had said, while others refused to believe. So they disagreed with each other; and as they were leaving, Paul made one further statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, ‘Go to this people and say, You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn— and I would heal them.’ Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” He lived there two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, (Acts 28:23-30, NRSV)
Why do some hear and not hear, listen and really don’t get the message?
Sometimes we feel like we need to make everyone understand how much God loves them. But see here in this reading, Paul, one of the greatest evangelists in history didn’t convince everyone after he spoke to them all day. Making people believe is not our job. We are to go and share our story which shares the love of God.
So don’t feel like you have to make anyone believe. You just need to share your story and show people how God is active in your life and can be in theirs.