Tuesday, July 4 – Acts 17:17
So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be present.
When have you been motivated the spread the new about something you cared about? Certain things stir us up to action, and we make it our mission to share what we learn with others. The idolatry in Athens moved Paul to action. He spoke to the Jews in the synagogue, but he also spoke in the marketplace to all who were present. How important would something have to be to move you to this kind of fervent action? Unfortunately, we are prone to forget the value of the hope we hold in the gospel. A deal at the store, a story on the news, or a change in weather is easier to share with others.
Are our hearts truly burdened to see people to be reconciled to Jesus? Do we see this precious message of redemption as the most important information we could share with someone else? Paul said in Acts 20:24, “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of God’s grace.” We don’t have to be full-time missionaries to share this purpose. Like Paul, we can share the hope of redemption in the stores we visit, the workplaces we spend our days in, and even with people who share our pews. As Jesus said, the harvest is plentiful (Luke 10:2). Will we respond?
- Who are some people around you that need to know the gospel?
- Where do you interact with people who are not followers of Jesus? How might God use you in those places?
- Prayer walk through your neighborhood, asking God to show you people who need to know the hope He offers.