Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
Blessings to you in the beginning of a new week!
When Paul and Silas were in Thessalonica, their success in preaching the gospel made the leaders of the local synagogue angry and envious. As they accused these Christians before the rulers of the city, the evil men from the marketplace gave an unintended compliment to the effectiveness of God’s work through Paul and Silas.
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.” (Acts 17:6)
To complain that the Christians were these who have turned the world upside-down have come here toowas to say, “these men have radically impacted our world, and nothing seems the same.”
God willing and blessing, people would say such things about the effectiveness of Christians today. One might say that Jesus did not come only to be our teacher, but to turn our world upside-down. Jesus turns the thinking and the power structures of this world around.
My prayer for you is that you would see that your work of faithfully preaching and teaching God’s word does more good and has more impact than you can imagine. I would like to think that when Paul and Silas heard from their enemies that their work was turning the world upside down, they smiled and thought, “Wow, do you really think so? I didn’t’ know we were being that effective.”
Actually, God was working through Paul and Silas to turn the world right side-up again. But when you yourself are upside-down, the other direction appears to be upside-down!
Blessings to you in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik