Saturday: 28th April, 2018
Reference text: Acts 13:44-52
Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
I was delighted to hear news of Korea advancing towards an era of ‘real peace’ after what has been a rather tense couple of decades. A few months ago, this appeared a long way off, but what happened – POWER showed up. In itself, power is a good thing to have; it is when it becomes corrupted with human intentions like greed, pride and anger, that it turns into nothing short of a time bomb.
In the text today, the Jews went about soliciting help from devout women and men with power, to advance their own selfish interests and satisfy their ego. Sadly, these people in authority played along and the result was the expulsion of Paul and Barnabas from Antioch- Something good was starting, but those in authority pushed it out the door because it challenged everything they believed.
It is a shame that many Christians often prefer to be uninvolved in activities where significant Power or authority is wielded. However, if any of these devout men and women had the interest of the people at heart, this story could have had an entirely different outcome. This is not a call to go diving head-on into a Power-grabbing spree, but an appeal to the believer to also desire to be in positions of significant influence – Positions from where we can protect the people of God and contribute to the advancement of His kingdom on earth.
There are times when we ask the question: ‘what if the person in charge was a believer?’ Because when you consider this fact critically, that single variable, can alter the whole dynamics and influence the tide of many events.
Remember # the people of God also need to be in positions of influence.