MONDAY, OCTOBER 25
Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Acts 9:1-2 (NASB)
THE DISRUPTIVE GOSPEL
A few years ago in Kentucky there was a little boy who was being very disruptive during service. After a few minutes, his father who had put him under his arm carried him out. No one in the congregation so much as raised an eyebrow until the child cried out in a Southern accent, “Ya’ll pray for me now!”
That child disrupted the service and the Gospel disrupted the status quo. The birth of the New Testament church was disruptive to the Jewish leadership of the day. William Marty remarks on Acts 9 that Stephen’s message had convinced Saul that the new faith was a threat to Judaism. From his perspective, the followers of Christ were apostate Jews who threatened to corrupt Judaism. With the zeal of a fanatic, he devoted himself to stopping this new faith. With every breath, Saul was committed to kill everyone who was a part of “the Way.” The Way is another name for the disciples of Jesus, Christians who at this stage of the church development had converted to Christianity out of Judaism.
“The Way” was a new way of living. It was living according to the good news of the gospel. The Way didn’t just affect the religious establishment, it changed sinners into saints. How has “the Way” changed your way of living? Has being a Christian brought any disruption into your life?
Praise God for the good disruptions and changes He has brought into your life. Pray God disrupt the institutions and people that need to be changed.