Whose Response Has Value?
February 07, 2020: SOAP #3718: Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 14:18 Even with these words,they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. Theystoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 Butafter the disciples had gathered round him, he got up and went back into thecity. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
Observation: Aparalyzed man had been healed. Thepeople of Lystra thought that Zeus and Hermanus (Greek Gods) had come to themin human form. They wanted to sacrificeanimals in their honor for the great miracle that had been done. Paul and Barnabas spoke to them about the trueGod trying to prevent them from making sacrifices.
But the crowd quickly changed. The wantedto worship Paul and Barnabas, but they stoned Paul and left him for dead!
It was not unlike some years earlier when a large crowd welcomed Jesus into Jerusalemand later shouted 'Crucify Him!'
Application: I cannot take the value of my ministryfrom the response of people. Theirresponse may quickly change. Satan haspeople who like to sow seed of doubt in their minds. There is only One I can trust, and it is HimI must please. Making Him smile is mygoal.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am so glad that Paul didnot stop his ministry because of the response of the people in Lystra. What a loss that would have been!!! I wonderhow much loss your kingdom has suffered because a chosen vessel let the opinionof others stop them from stepping out in ministry. Holy Spirit, I want to listen to your voicemore than the voice of people. Amen
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