FRIDAY, APRIL 29
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: BE PATIENT AND JOIN GOD WHERE HE’S WORKING
A first-grade teacher was having a difficult day. It had rained that entire day and the children couldn’t go out for recess, so they got more and more restless and hyperactive as the day wore on. The teacher couldn’t wait for the bell to ring at 3 o’clock. About 2:45 she saw it was still raining, and so she decided to start getting the kids ready for dismissal. She sorted out their boots and raincoats and started helping get them on. Finally, they were ready to go, all except for one little boy whose boots were just too small for his feet. There were no zippers or straps, and it took every last ounce of strength she had to get them on. When at last she did get them on, she straightened up with a sigh of relief. That’s when the little boy looked down at his feet and said, “Teacher, you know what? These boots aren’t mine!” She didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but being the good teacher she was, she smiled bravely and started taking them off. And they were harder to get off than they were to put on. She yanked and tugged until finally the boots were off. That’s when the little boy smiled at her and said, “They’re not my boots, but they’re my sister’s, and I got to wear them!” (Ajai Prakash)
Being a fourth grade teacher takes a lot of patience and being a Christian takes a lot of patience. The Apostles spent a lot of time and energy sharing the gospel. Sometimes, they saw immediate results. Other Times, it would take a while before they could see the fruit of their labor. There were 3 different responses in Acts 17 to their message. The first reaction was an outright rejection. The second reaction required patience.
Mike reminded us in the message that we must not become discouraged with the first two reactions! We must expect resistance, be patient, and join God where He is working! Who is someone you have shared the gospel with that falls into the category of requiring patience?
Pray for the people you know who are still mocking the gospel and for the ones who still want to hear more before deciding.