"Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word."
Reflection: Prior to the Apostle Paul's conversion, he went about "entering every house, and dragging off men and women, commtting them to prison" (Acts 8:3). What happened as a result of the persecution by Saul was the spread of the Gospel into other areas. Notice how in the scattering of the new believers, they went "everywhere preaching the word." They went and told the Good News wherever they ended up. Isn't it interesting to think that even prior to Saul's conversion, God was spreading the Gospel!
Application: Are you making an attempt to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you? Begin spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and "preach" to others to "repent and believe in the Gospeol" (Mark 1:15) wherever the Lord has you now.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 8:4.
"Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation."
Reflection: The ministry Paul had was a ministry of reconciliation. This is the ministry of every born again Christian which involves seeking and saving the lost. It involes sharing the reconciliation you have experienced with others and spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
Application: If you are looking for a ministry to get involved in, realize that you have a ministry of reconciliation and begin evangelizing right where you are and reach out to a lost and dying world that is headed for hell.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 2 Co 5:18–19.
Scripture: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Reflection: When we encounter difficult people in our lives, there can be the tendency to want to retaliate and bring about our own justice. In the Romans chapter 12, the Apostle Paul speaks about the matter of Christian behavior. In it, he explains a key factor in dealing with difficult people. He explains how there needs to be room for God's "wrath." God will ultimately take care of matters. Here Paul gives us some instruction to "overcome" the evils that are encountered with doing "good." This runs counter to natural behavior and is opposite to the way the world operates, but it becomes the best way to handle a situation. God will ultimately take care of the rest.
Application: Look for ways to do good in an effort to combat the "evil" that may come your way. For Christians, the one way to be proactive is to be serving in a ministry. Seeking and saving the lost is the great commission and a way to share the Gospel truth about Jesus Christ in love with others.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ro 12:21.
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead..."
Reflection: Thinking of how mightily God used the Apostle Paul, even he was keenly aware of the spiritual battle. The antidote Paul used here is not one of thinking deeply on his past and mulling it over and over again. No, Paul said to "forget" the events and not just to "forget" them, but to replace them with this one goal... "reaching forward to those things that are ahead."
Application: Are you surrounded by memories of the past? Ask God to cause your mind to meditate on the future. Begin reading Scripture and bathing your mind in the Word and fix your thoughts on the promises of Scripture. Let the concept of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 become your own personal mission statement and share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with others.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Php 3:13.
Scripture: "Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day."
Reflection: In this portion of Scripture, we see David's expressed thankfulness to God for the return of the ark of God. His heart of gratitude was evident with the essence of praise. What did he then decided to do with his thankfulness? He decided to "proclaim" this "good news" of the "salvation" of God from "day to day."
Application: With David's sense of thankfulness, we too can apply the same sense of thankfulness in our own hearts for God's saving work and preach the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those around us.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 1 Ch 16:23.
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