THURSDAY, APRIL 28
32 When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, “We want to hear more about this later.” 33 That ended Paul’s discussion with them, 34 but some joined him and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the council, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Acts 17:32-34 (NLT)
UPSTREAM: EXPECT RESISTANCE
Sailors in the northern oceans have frequently observed icebergs traveling in one direction in spite of strong winds blowing in the opposite direction. The icebergs were moving against the winds, but how? The explanation is that the icebergs, with eight-ninths of their bulk under the water surface, were caught in the grip of strong currents that moved them in a certain direction, no matter which way the winds raged. In the Christian life, no matter how strongly the winds of passing opinion blow in opposition, the believer who has a depth of living in the currents of God’s grace should move toward righteousness. (Mark Schaeufele, A Messiah Who Deals With Opposition).
The Apostle Paul kept moving toward obedience to God no matter the resistance he faced. Paul’s sermon had three results—contempt, delay, and belief. The first two responses show that many did not care about truth. They laughed because Paul taught there was a resurrection and life after death. Epicureans believed in no human existence after death. Stoics believed that only the immaterial spirit survived death. To Greeks the idea of a body surviving death did not make any sense—even a transformed body. (NAC)
Paul faced the same reactions we will get in a downstream culture that wants to pull us away from the Lord and His word. What resistance have you faced when you have tried to share your faith? What did Mike share in the sermon that encouraged you to keep sharing even when it’s not popular?
Praise God for His promise of the resurrection and our hope in Christ that death is not the end. Ask God to help you know when He is leading you into a situation where it may require facing opposition.