July 23 Devotional

There is a fine line between living in a way that is not offensive to others, and living a genuine Christian life that will make a difference.  Today I was reading about some believers in the early church making a difference.  “And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, ‘These that have turned the world upside down are come hither too’” (Acts 17:6).  “These that have turned the world upside down …” if you haven’t noticed yet, our world could use a little turning upside down!

 

After reading this today, I began to think about what we Christians spend most of our time doing … we complain about politics, the economy, the way our laws are being ignored, the pressure that is placed on us to approve “same sex marriage” and other social issues of the day, and generally we complain about the condition our world is in.  If this is where your focus is today, you are wasting a good deal of valuable time that is quickly running out.

 

Someone one wrote, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past … only what’s done for Christ will last.”  You have one shot at making a difference for Christ with the one life God has given you to live.  No one knows the length of your life.  No one knows how many days you have left.  One thing is certain, you will probably wish that you had used your time more wisely when the end of your life does come.

 

Consider with me today what it was that Paul, Silas, Jason and the other faithful followers of Christ were doing that was considered “turning the world upside down.”  I will make it simple for you … they preached Christ!  They preached about His perfect life; His death on the cross in the place of sinners; His burial for three days; and most of all about His resurrection from the dead.  They preached that sinners who refuse the grace God demonstrated in His Son would die and go to Hell.  For this they were accused of “turning the world upside down.

 

I have been criticized by some for only caring about seeing Deaf people go to Heaven.  Others have been told to beware of me because “he’s just trying to get the whole world saved.”  I hope both of these statements are true of me until I step into Heaven!  I want to do all I can to turn my world upside down while I have the opportunity!  Will you join me?  Come on, it’s fun!

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