TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
23 About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way.
This verse serves as a precursor to a conflict that we are going to spend a lot of time on this week but within this short passage, there is a title for 1st-century followers of Jesus that I think is worth noting. It says at the end of verse 23 that there was no little disturbance concerning the way.
The Way was a title given to this early church movement. It is used five times in the book of Acts (19:9, 23, 22:4, 24:14,22). Its title emphasizes that followers of Jesus do just that: they follow his way. This highlights that Christianity is not simply mental assent to a decided belief, but we want to live a life as Jesus lived! John Mark Comer says it so well: “If you want to experience the life of Jesus, then you must embrace the lifestyle of Jesus.”
The way of Jesus is the way in which he loved, the way in which he handled money, the way in which he handled relationships, the way in which he handed career. Earlier followers of Jesus were thus referred to as followers of the way.
Would you consider yourself a follower of the Way? Is the lifestyle of Jesus, your lifestyle?
What are some of the core principles of the Way? Why do you think that?
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Acts 19:23 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We submit ourselves again to your Way, Jesus. We declare that your way is far better, far more glorious, and far more satisfying than our way. Help us to follow you by the power of the Spirit! We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.