THURSDAY, JUNE 11
“So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 13:51-52 (NLT2)
A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were mischievous. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably involved. The boys’ mother heard that a Pastor in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The pastor agreed, but asked to see them individually. So the mother sent her 8-year-old in to see him the following morning, intending to send the older boy in the afternoon. The Pastor was a large man with a booming voice, he sat the younger boy down and sternly asked, “Where is God?” The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response. The Pastor repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God!!?” Again the boy made no attempt to answer. The Pastor got to his feet. Shaking his finger in the boy’s face, he bellowed, “WHERE IS GOD!?” The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him a few minutes later, he asked, “What happened?” The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, “We’re in BIG trouble! God is missing—and they think we did it!”
There were people in Antioch who were joy stealers. They had rejected the message and more importantly the Savior who Paul and Barnabas had been preaching. When leaving the city, they shook the dust off their feet as a gesture saying, “We don’t want to take anything from this city with us.” In this sense, Paul said “I don’t want to take anything with me from you Jesus-rejecting religionists.” God commands us to go and share the good news of Jesus Christ. But He also tells us there will be times when we just need to walk away. Don’t let others steal your faith and don’t let them steal your joy. There are times when conversations are no longer productive, and we have done our part to try and share God’s love. Do you believe there may be any counterproductive situations in your life where God wants you to shake the dust off? Make sure it’s God’s timing and not yours and leave with joy.