Sharing the gospel does not always result in a beautiful story. We saw yesterday that Paul was “gentle…like a nursing mother taking care of her own children” with the Thessalonica believers. But when you look at the account by Luke in Acts 17, everything was not honey and cream. In fact, “the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd” (Acts 17:5). Paul and Silas did not want this to happen, but that was the reaction to the gospel.
One thing the mob said that was very true; “these men…have turned the world upside down” (17:6). Neither man, nor any of the apostles set out to have such an impact on the world, but the nature of the gospel does this. It takes the whole history of man’s sinful condition and reverses the scheme and power of Satan that brought death and replaces it with a new relationship with God that is eternal life.
When we give ourselves to proclaiming the gospel of grace, we will see all sorts of reactions. Do not let rejection or ridicule turn you away from the message. Mobs will come to an end. Prison terms will finish. But the power of the gospel will rescue souls and secure them for a glorious eternity in the presence of Jesus our Savior.
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