30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction. Acts 28:30–31 NET
In these two verses we find the final update on Paul’s progress in the book of Acts. For two full years he was under house arrest in a home that he rented. What did Paul do in these two years? Did he simply sit around and wait for his trial? Did he spend his days whining and complaining about his unjust persecution? Did he fill his days and nights with worry, in anticipation of a possible death sentence? Of course he did none of these things, instead he made the most of everyday he was given including these two years under house arrest. During this time he continued to share his faith. The text above says he welcomed all who came to him proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about Christ. During these two years he also wrote at least four of his epistles Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. He continued to share the gospel with the lost as well according to verses like Philippians 1:12–13 NET which says “12 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel: 13 The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ.” In Philippians 4:22 NET he writes “All the saints greet you, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” Imagine the impact these two years had for the kingdom of God. During this time Paul spread the gospel into the household of Caesar, and throughout the palace guard, among other places.
The point here is simple, God desires to use each of us despite our circumstances in life. It really does not matter where you are, what you do, or how frustrating your situation is. God will help you make the most of it if you will allow Him to continue to use you. Remain open to the working of the Holy Spirit in your life and God will use you in amazing ways everyday of your life. Don’t become discouraged, overwhelmed, or lose hope because of your circumstances in life. God loves you and he will use you so long as you remain usable. It is not the condition of our circumstances that determines our usability, but rather the condition of our hearts alone.