Shake It Off
“And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.” Acts 18:4-6
I recall in my teenage years that I would just love to find someone and anyone to pick a fight with. I would say outrageous things hoping someone would disagree with me, just so I could argue with them. I was pessimistic about everything and loved being contentious. I really did not know what I was talking about but I argued like I was a renowned scholar. Looking back, I don’t understand why adults would even give me the time of day and argue with me as I was not even worth the time they wasted arguing with me. I know I am not alone in thinking I knew everything as a teenager as many of you were the same way.
I think of times when we give the gospel to those who reject it, and we lose our testimony in the way we deliver it. We preach a gospel of love but yet present it in an ugly way. We lose God’s message and often promote our own. Our job is to proclaim the truth of our Savior and allow God to draw them to the point of salvation. We are not to proclaim what we think is truth, but we are to be faithful in giving the absolute truth.
Paul was the example here as he simply shook his clothes and moved on to those who would hear. There are many who are truly looking for answers all around us, and we must shake ourselves of those who refuse to hear and present it to those who will hear.
We live in a world full of uncertainty, and we must stay away from bringing more drama. We are to be as Ephesians 6:15 states, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” We have a gospel of peace not one of our own and definitely not one that is contentious and unruly.
Where are you today friend? Do you allow God to work or are you contentious with the ones you desire to see saved and those who reject the gospel? Are you promoting your own agenda or are you about the Father’s business? Will you be faithful to what God has called you to do? Will you be discouraged by the ones who refuse to believe or will you shake yourself and move on to those who will? May we be found faithful in delivering the message to anyone who would be willing to hear. May we remember it is God who draws and saves, and we are privileged to be used of Him. God will lead us to the ones with whom He wants us to share the gospel, and may we be found faithful to the call when He does.
Stay in the fight!