My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I wanna be a pest!
“For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up
dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of
the sect of the Nazarenes.
(Acts 24:5 NASB)
Paul spent all the later years of his ministry in prison, and all
because he'd been a "pest." The quote above is from the Lawyer that the
High Priest brought before the authorities to explain all the "bad"
things that Paul had done. This declaration left the Roman officials
scratching their heads because they couldn't figure out what was wrong
with what Paul had done. Paul was a "pest," he had stirred up
"dissension" and he was "ringleader."
In reality, Paul was faithful and obedient. He was unwilling to
compromise in his faith in Jesus Christ. He knew that he was called to
share the Good News with the whole world and absolutely nothing was
going to get in his way. However, it should be noted that Paul did live
within the legal bounds of the countries where he took that Good News.
He knew how to contextualize and respect the bounds of those nations,
even, at times, using the pagan cultures as a way to bring people to
faith. Ultimately the problem was that people responded to his message.
The dissension occurred because Jews were turning to Christ, and other
were not. This did cause a divide among the Jews, but not because of
Paul, but rather, because of them.
I must confess that there are ways today that I see some Christians
being "pests" but its not in the same way as Paul. The other day I saw a
billboard declaring that Saturday is the true Sabbath (okay, it is) --
but that the antichrist has forced us to worship on Sundays (don't
remember that being in the Bible) -- and gave a web-site where we could
be turned to the truth of when to worship. This does nothing to draw
people to Christ. Paul was drawing many to Christ and that was
ultimately the problem and that was why he was a "pest." May we learn
from Paul and may we, too, be inspired to be "pests."
As a follower of Christ it is my desire that I be a "pest," --
wholeheartedly passionate about sharing the Good News everywhere I go,
and may people be disturbed by how following Christ changes the culture.