The Word: Turning the world upside down
Published 2:39 pm Friday, March 17, 2023
People that know me, know I love the Word of God. I take delight even in the corrective parts. It helps me to know how to keep my life on task where God is concerned. Of course I am not perfect and do not know everything, but I love to learn the Word. To clarify, I mean learn the Word and actually use it in my life. Not just as a reader.
This past Sunday we looked at Acts 17. Paul has arrived in Thessalonica and has been teaching truth for three Sundays in the local Jewish church. Many received God’s Word, but some were not convinced of the Truth and went looking for Paul and Silas. They arrived at Jason’s house to see if they were there. “But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” (6)
A crowd of unbelievers were proclaiming that Paul and Silas were “turning the world upside down” because they were sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is so exciting! Not only was this crowd causing a disruption in the streets and dragging people to the authorities, but they were repeating what Paul had come to share. The gospel! As you go on to read you can see what happens. But I sit here with this one statement. Thinking, muttering, examining, chewing: What a great accusation for a Christ Follower. Oh, if only to be accused and convicted of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!
In the current world we live in we see signs everyday where businesses are looking to hire. Many places have shut down because they cannot get dependable employees. A local business trained 21 employees on the same day and the very next day only three showed up to work and it was not because the work was just too hard. The Word says, “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom.
And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So, pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Matthew 9: 35-38)
Let us pray Lord send us, as we “turn the world upside down.”
Yvette Perrin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.