It should not surprise us that some, or should I say many, will refuse the presentation of the gospel regardless of how it is presented. Many methods are said to be the best way of sharing, preaching or illustrating the gospel, but none are a guarantee. The Book of Acts demonstrates that the gospel spread in many different ways. What is important is that it is proclaimed, and I will add, lived out by the person presenting it. We should not be surprised at the hard heart of mankind.
Now to my point in this blog. In the effort to give this life saving message to others, we will encounter those who reject it, sometimes in very strong ways. Paul and Barnabas faced this rejection, but they made sure to leave a witness to the truth. “Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’” (Acts 13:46–48; see also Acts 1:8).
If there are those in one people group who refuse the gospel, it is God’s way of redirecting our attention and energies to another; as we say in this ministry, go where God is already at work. In this case, Paul and Barnabas’ own people, the Jews, “thrust [the gospel]` aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life.” This is heart-breaking, but not discouraging. Why? Notice how Paul goes back to his initial calling; “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” If we allow opposition to cloud our vision we will be diverted from God’s plan for us and the gospel.
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