FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question.
Acts 15:2 (NLT)
FREE: WORTH FIGHTING FOR
The story is told of a young boy who arrived home from school with two black eyes. His mother said to him, “Have you been fighting again? Didn’t I tell you that when you were angry you should count to 100 before you did anything?” The young boy replied, “I know mommy, and that’s what I did, but the other boy’s mother had him to count to only 50.”
All of us have found ourselves in skirmishes. Whether the fight comes to blows or not, the battles can be intense. Sadly, many of the battles we find ourselves in are not worth fighting for. In Acts 15:2, Paul and Barnabas believed teaching the truth about salvation was worth fighting for. According to the verse, they were “arguing vehemently.” This was no small disagreement. Paul and Barnabas were passionate about teaching people that it was faith alone in Christ alone that led to salvation.
Our series called Resilient is about hanging in there when things get tough. Do you think people knowing about God’s grace is worth fighting about? Are you willing to be bold if God puts you in a situation where someone is misleading people about salvation? Confrontation is not easy but is necessary if the foundation of the Gospel is undermined by false teaching.
Thank God for the people who have fought so that you could find freedom in Christ. Ask God to give you the courage you need when you need it to defend the gospel.