Wednesday, May 24 – Acts 13:46-47

May 23, 2023

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first. Since you repudiate it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have appointed You as a light to the Gentiles, That You may bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”

 

Speaking to His disciples in Matthew 7:6, Jesus urged, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” The Great Commission is the command to go and make disciples. But the gospel never comes with a guarantee that our evangelistic efforts will be successful. Sometimes people reject the holy things we share.

 

When Paul and Barnabas’s message fell on deaf ears, they could have grown frustrated and depressed. They could have given up. But they shook off their disappointment and turned to a more receptive audience. When the Jews refused to accept Jesus, Paul and Barnabas didn’t stop proclaiming the good news—they moved on to new territory and different people.

 

There are always opportunities for you to share the gospel. You may have been turned down and rejected, but there are others who need to hear the gospel. Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due course, you will reap—if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

 

  • Read Acts 13:51. Why did Paul and Barnabas shake “off the dust from their feet”?
  • What do these verses teach you about more difficult relationships or the urgency of sharing the gospel? How does this encourage and challenge you?
  • Praise God for the power of the gospel that continues despite opposition. Ask God to help you not grow weary of doing good and not give up sharing the gospel.
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