Wednesday: 22nd May, 2019
Reference text: Acts 15:1-6
Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
In our text today, Paul and Barnabas are up in arms offering fierce arguments against the claims we read about. The core of the issue was the proposition by some that salvation was dependent solely on circumcision according to the law of Moses. While this was the central issue for debate, the intensity of the response by Paul and Barnabas hinted at something deeper.
The statement spoken was this: ‘unless you are circumcised according to the law of Moses, you cannot be saved’. Two highlights: ‘unless’ and ‘cannot’. By using these two in the same sentence, no room was left for maneuvering around. This is a truth: from the very moment ‘CANNOT’ is placed on the table, all other options concerning that matter, go away and the door is shut. Unless a rebellion happens, all that remains is hopelessness and a loss of the will to fight on.
This was the source of Paul and Barnabas’ fury, that such a constraint and limitation had been suggested to the people. Sweetheart, God does not slam the doors of opportunity and expansion in the face of His own. He rather works things out so that instead of thinking we are incapable, we exude the confidence to speak like Saint Paul ‘I CAN DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me’.
How often do we hear of all the things we cannot do because our potential does not reach them? The places we cannot be and the victories we cannot claim? Let’s not become believers of every CANNOT, nor people whose words limit the potential of others. Let us rather encourage them to persevere because they are capable of so much more and not use ‘CANNOT’ to close off doors around them.