Today’s reading is Acts 11.
Why did a great many believe and turn to the Lord in Antioch? Because the hand of the Lord was with them. If we want a great many to believe and turn to the Lord today, what do we need? The hand of the Lord to be with us. Yes, we need plans for sharing the gospel, but apart from the Lord’s hand, our plans are useless. I’ve recently become aware that the two counties my home congregation draws from have together over 1 million people who claim to be nothing religiously. That represents two-thirds of those counties. Two out of every three people I meet where I live claim to be nothing religiously. What a field for harvest! But what good will we do among that number (or among the numbers of people who claim religion, but a false one) without the Lord’s hand? Let’s spend time today praying for the Lord’s hand to be with us.
Monday’s reading is Acts 12.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, are you as shocked as I am that when Peter, the apostle, gets back to Jerusalem Christians were upset about him going and teaching some Gentiles the gospel? Of course, there is some extensive background to this. However, the simple thing we need to understand is that even in the kingdom of Jesus, people get feisty and frustrating. We are forgiven, but we are all still growing. Whether due to immaturity, misunderstanding, the ongoing battle with sin, or whatever reason, there will be times within the church when Christians get upset with each other. And nothing hurts worse than when brothers and sisters get upset with each other. Don’t be surprised by that. Don’t let it shake your faith in the Lord or His kingdom. Instead, keep loving each other. Keep honest lines of communication open with each other. And keep serving the Lord Jesus no matter what. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.