”Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”
– William Carey
In Acts 19.8-10 it is reported that Paul entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
We all have different gifts, personalities, experiences that shape us. We also have the Holy Spirit, are called to be disciples and are entrusted with the gospel as the Lord’s ambassadors to our cities. I am challenged with the reality that we live out the truths we are most convinced of. Does my lifestyle reflect how convinced I am of the gospel? Do I truly believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life? Do I believe that Jesus is the hope and the only path of restoration to the brokenness that surrounds us?
The Kingdom of God has come. This is a past event. I am struck that this was the content of Paul’s message. I see this also in the beginning of Acts before Jesus ascended. It says that for forty days Jesus talked to them about the Kingdom of heaven. How often is the content of what I am trying to encourage people in has to deal with the Kingdom? Yes there is opposition. This we are guaranteed. We have this model to have a season of persuasion. That it is okay to keep at it even when others oppose. After some time, there is the change of location with disciples. How did Paul train them? How did Paul instruct them? What we know that is in two years time, with those that heard, obeyed, were taught, were able to see a movement. They were able to say there is no place left in Asia where the word of God has not gone.
Can we say this for our regions? May this year be a time that we anticipated GREAT THINGS FROM GOD. May this be a time where we step outside our comfort zones and dare to ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD. The gospel is worth it. Jesus is worth it. The lives of those around us are worth it.
Sarah Bedi serving in Luleå, firstname.lastname@example.org