The book of Acts ends with Paul in Rome, at last. However, his presence there is almost certainly not how he imagined it would be when he wrote to the Romans of his desire to visit them (Rom 1:11-12). Despite being under house arrest and subject to the constraints imposed on him by the authorities, he continues a pattern of faithful ministry formed over the preceding years: boldly proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul fulfils the call of God on his life “without hindrance”, and we can do likewise. Yes, of course it is sad not to be able to meet with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but may we be assured and encouraged that the work of our Lord Jesus Christ and his slowly-growing kingdom is neither negated nor frustrated by lockdown’s restrictions. Let us be motivated to proclaim and teach with all boldness, demonstrating that there is no hindrance to the sovereign purposes of God.
“For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” (Acts 28:30-31)