Griping or Preaching


imagesPaul is considered a Bible hero. And he is. What can we learn from him?  Let us look at his focus immediately after his salvation.
Acts 9:20 “And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.”
His focus was Christ! His focus was the proclamation of Christ. Although the world around us says that the preaching of the cross of Christ is foolishness, it is the foundation of our lives. Furthermore, his focus was proclamation of the deity of Christ.  Two verses later we read that Saul [aka Paul] stayed busy proving that Jesus is Christ.
But notice how the disciples in the church at Jerusalem responded to him.
Acts 9:26 “And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.”
They did not believe that he was one of them now.
But did Paul have a pity party?  Did Paul complain? Did Paul get on Facebook and talk about how the church had treated him? What did Paul do? He gave his testimony (v27), stayed with the disciples (v28), and spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus (v29).
What could God do with your life and with my life?  We may feel that we are not special like the apostle Paul; but do we act like him when other disciples in the church question our walk with God? If only we would quit complaining about what others at church say about us and start focusing on proclaiming Christ!

 

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