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
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city
with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
(Acts 21:29 NASB)
Then all the city was provoked, and the people rushed together, and
taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately
the doors were shut.
(Acts 21:30 NASB)
The Jews in Jerusalem were determined that they were going to catch
Paul doing something wrong. They were so determined that they wanted
to believe any bit of gossip which they heard. Not only did they want
to believe the gossip, but they were even ready to create that gossip by
making assumptions about Paul's behavior. They didn't know Paul
personally, they didn't want to get to know Paul personally, but rather,
they wanted to assume that he really was the no good man that they
thought that he was. So, although Paul's Greek friend, Trophimus had
not gone to the Temple, they were just sure that Paul had brought him
and defiled the temple. This assumption and gossip led again to a mob
mentality. No one would listen to the truth, they had made up their
minds what kind of a man Paul was.
How often may we, as Christians, be guilt of character
assassination simply by virtue of assumption? In Paul's case it wasn't
just character assassination but they wanted a real assassination!
However, I know that there are times that we look at someone doing
something, or having said or written something, and we make assumptions
about who they are and what their "real" motivation is in life. If we
go to the extreme of these "religious" folks, a persons life can be
destroyed. I think that so often it is easy to forget the destructive
power of words.
If we are to be true followers of Jesus Christ, let us not follow the
crowd and never make assumptions about people. Take the time to truly
get to know people and to listen to their heart and to their passion.
We will usually discover that all of our assumptions were so very wrong.
Jesus took time to hang out with the "sinners." The "religious" folks
had assumptions about Jesus because of this, but in the end, the
"sinners" were set free and God was glorified.
Lord, please help me to have the patience to get to know people and their passion. Amen.