Tuesday: 24th April, 2018
Reference text: Acts 11:19-26
Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
The concluding words of the verse above mentions a select group as the recipients of the good news, but glory to God that the net was cast wider. However, a closer look at the first part of this verse reveals a trait we can all aim at cultivating- resilience. The persecution and stoning of Stephen should have been the single blow that brought the followers of Jesus ‘back to their senses’ and prompted their mass Exodus from believing.
However, this Exodus had a rather opposite effect- it caused them to travel even farther with the message of the Gospel. The natural response to the many stressors of life is to be knocked out, down all of one’s tools and abandon mission- these are easy to do because they are the expected reactions.
But what if we opted to do something different, something unexpected? What if that thing meant to keep us down, could rather be used in propelling us forward and upwards? What if we chose to rise up every time we fell? What if we chose to reach out whenever we saw ourselves sinking? What if we refused to abandon ship and chose to try again? Considering all the ‘what ifs’, wouldn’t our lives be different from what we see now?
Beloved, while everybody else may expect you to stay down, you can be assured of a team definitely cheering you back to your feet. Thus, if you are reading these words today, then let them sink deep – regardless of the height from which you have fallen or the duration of your stay on the canvas, don’t stay knocked out. God invites you to hold his hand and get up again because we aren’t any where close to the final round.
Remember # don’t enjoy the comfort of the ground when the fighting is done standing.