January 12, 2018
In Acts 17 Paul demonstrates not being a quitter even when others where against him. He went wherever God called him to go. I think he displays a great example to keep moving forward in our walk with God even when getting mocked, questioned and laughed at.
Summary from Acts 17:
When Paul and Silas arrived at Thessalonica’s Jewish synagogue Paul “reasoned with them from scriptures, explaining and proving that Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead” (Acts 17:2-3). After that some of the Jews, Greeks and women joined him. There were Jews who were jealous, so they caused trouble from the marketplace to form a mob and start and riot. There was a man named Jason who took Paul and Silas into his home. The Jews went to attack his home in hopes to find Paul and Silas, but they were not found by them. Instead Jason and other believers were brought before the council for proclaiming Jesus as king. After being called guilty of treason against Cesar, officials forced Jason and other believers post bond, and were released. Next Paul and Silas went to a place called Berea and went to Jewish synagogue to also share the message of Jesus. They searched scriptures every day and as a result many Jews and Greek men and women believed. Trouble got stirred up again after some Jews and Thessalonica heard about this. Paul was sent to the coast while Silas and Timothy stayed behind, but eventually ended up joining him in Athens. During the time Paul waited for them to arrive he was deeply troubled by the idols he saw everywhere. He went to the synagogues, spoke daily in public squares and also had a debate with some the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When telling them they said, “What’s this babbler trying to say?” and calling his ideas strange. Paul stood up told the people, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not severed by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact place where they should live” (Acts 17:24-26) and “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone-an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given all proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:29-31). After hearing about the resurrection some people sneered but others wanted to hear more. After Paul left the council a few men became followers and believed.
As a believer don’t you want to remain obedient like Paul? Even though people caused chaos Paul continued to share the message of Jesus. He was not a quitter. Keep clinging to the truth just as Paul did even when some people are not agreeing. You never know whose heart will actually be touched. In this story the focus can be more directed on all those who were against him or all the people who actually received the message choosing to believe. We can’t control others hearts or choices, but just like Paul we can do our part.
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