As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, 'Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn't even been found guilty?'
- Paul (Acts 22:25)
Have I said this before? I'll say it again, Paul is da MAN! Very very resourceful. Homeboy's got skillz, fa real. Here's a little background on the 411: Paul arrived in Jerusalem to spit da word and drop some knowledge, straight wreakin' havoc on Satan's realm. Eventually, da enemy got to work on the crowd, twistin' their minds and thoughts ever so clandestinely, and bam, Paul gets jumped, beat, arrested... da whole nine. Badmamajamma Paul takes it in stride, cuz homeboy is straight rollin' with Pops above. Nuthin' to fear, nuthin' to lose. A roman commander orded Paul be taken to da barracks, flogged and questioned. He wanted to find out just why the crowd was so riled and angry. Just when a Centurion is about to bust open a can o' floggin', Paul busts out with, "Yo! Son! You think it's legit to whup a Roman citizen potna? ... one who hasn't even been found guilty bro?"
CLUTCH potnas! Paul whipped that out at the clutch moment! The centurion backed off with a quickness. He did NOT want that mountain of bricks tumblin' on top of his head, no way peeps. Da centurion relayed this message to the commander, and, after some questioning, the commander was tremblin' in his boots too! No JOKE! See, Paul used a knowledge of the law to turn a bad lookin' situation, into one in his favor... BIG time. There are two lessons we can grasp from this. One is to be knowledgeable -- to know our surroundings, to know as much as we can about a given situation, and to be able to use this information in such clutch moments that will result in BaBAAAAM repercussions, tru! And further, we gotta be able to be resourceful and to use that resourcefulness in ways that will enhance our effectiveness.
The second is that Pops is strategic. It's no coincidence that father-man picked Paul to be his instrument to bring da saving Word to the Gentiles. He knew Paul was a Roman citizen, was very knowledgeable about many things, and was resourceful. When Pops and Paul worked hand in hand, Pops beefed up my man's skillz. Pops will do the same for you. Pops will use us as we are, working with us, beefing up our unique skillz, stations in life, and more to maximize our effectiveness in pumpin' peeps full of Pops, makin' heaven a packed place. Let's get this party started... WORD!
Aight, gotta bounce. PeACE!