hey all i know its been awhile since i updated.
some stuff went wrong.
and now situation is even better than before. so it’s all cool.
before i go into my devotion, i need to give you an aaron version summary of Acts 13 & 14.
(since some of my loved ones always complain that i write too much)
here’s what i understand happened:
God, through the Holy Spirit, asked the church to let Paul and Barnabas go. At that moment of time, Paul and Barnabas was going around the early churches encouraging them and helping the church to grow. And that was right after persecution of the church, so i can imagine that they were actually needed.
In Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Which i think just means “find other people to do what Barnabas and Saul are doing now, i need them for other stuff”.
And so Paul and Barnabas set off. Their mission, to make Jesus known. Their guide, The Holy Spirit. Not the easiest type of Global Positioning system to follow.
They preached in the temple. They preached to the big crowd. They preached to one man. They healed the lame. They preached to the Jews. They preached to the non-Jews. They were ridiculed. They were hated. They ran from a potential mob attack. They continued to preach after that. Then Paul was stoned and the people even thought he had already died. Paul was rescued by other believers.
Then they went back to their church and reported about what happened.
this made me think.
Did God make sharing the gospel easy?
no He didn’t.
no wonder we’re always so scared to tell our friends the gospel.
no wonder we don’t like to be chosen to go on mission trips.
it’s not easy!
Barnabas and Paul was already pulled out of their comfort zone.
Barnabas and Paul’s journey was not planned out or written on paper.
They probably didn’t know what to bring and how much.
That’s against all the rules in my Travelling 101 book.
They had to talk to strangers.
and still they got hated.
God wants to be known.
You know that guy who sat beside you in class last year?
God wants to have a relationship with him.
Everyone you watched your last movie in the cinema with,
God wants to love them and show them His amazing love.
Your colleagues, your friends, your family, your strangers.
God desires for them to be friends with Him.
But how will they know if God is not revealed to them?
There is only TWO things you can do about this.
Pray they don’t go to hell, and TELL them about Jesus.
not many Christians have responded to this call because of the hardships they know that will come with it. Even I have a hard time sharing with my friends what I think about God or Jesus or the Word. But we have to suffer for them. For the freedom of their spirit and soul.
God has called us.
But if we, the few, do not answer His call and do it,