Saturday 18th May, 2019
Reference text: Acts 13:44-52
Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, see, we turn to the Gentiles.
Today, we revisit the story of Paul and Barnabas in the synagogue when they were opposed with insults by the Jews because of their jealousy, fuelled by the large audience they had drawn. However, one statement drew my attention as I read this text again: ‘ THEN Paul and Barnabas waxed bold’. Other versions render this statement as ‘THEN, throwing off all reserve’ or as I put it ‘THEN, opening all cylinders.
It isn’t that up until this moment, they had been speaking timidly, far from that. They rather stepped up a notch when their opposition intensified. Now, that is something worth our attention. Often, the moments we face the stiffest opposition are when we are clearly on the right track, enroute to victory. Obstacles at this stage tend to appear magnified and become more brazen, unfazed by our approach.
My dear, it is in such moments that like Paul and Barnabas, we need to throw away all reserve and step up our game. We need to get become even more courageous. I remember a message from my Uni days: ‘the degree of your opposition is directly proportional to the degree of victory at the end of the journey.’
So sweetheart, even though opposition in any form may be unfair, intimidating or discouraging, do not recoil and run away. Rather, get bolder and keep pressing on because you are clearly unto something big.
Remember# when your opposition intensifies, it often means you are unto something special, so do not give up.