MONDAY, APRIL 18
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Acts 17:1-2 (ESV)
Sir Edward Appleton, the Scottish physicist and Nobel Prize winner, said, “I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.” Paul’s enthusiasm carried him beyond his own physical limitations to accomplish what God had set before him. I don’t mean the enthusiasm of a cheerleader; I mean a throbbing, compelling, positive drive that can’t be silenced until it is satisfied. (Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary – Acts)
The reason that drove Paul to walk nearly 100 miles in three days to Thessalonica is the same reason Easter matters. Paul believed people needed to hear the Good News about Jesus and what Jesus could do for them. Emerson wrote, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Paul knew that Thessalonica was a strategic city for the work of the Lord. Not only was it the capital of Macedonia, but it was also a center for business. When Paul arrived, he “reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” Reasoning requires logical argumentation, graciously presented, based on thorough study of the Word of God, a firm persuasion in the divine authority of the Scriptures on the part of both speakers and hearers.
Paul took the energy and the effort to meet people where they were and have a reasonable conversation with them about the gospel. Are you willing to be inconvenienced to share the meaning of Easter with others?
Praise God for the energy and effort others have put into helping you understand the Bible and God’s plan for your life. Ask God to help you identify the places he wants you to spend time and effort sharing about Jesus.