I think after reading today’s chapter (Acts 14) you’d have to ask, “Dude, do I really want to be a part of this thing?”
Yeah, it’s cool to be a part of a revolution, but …
- You might have people who hate and criticize you and get others to hate and criticize you.
- You might have to run for your life.
- You might have people who think you’re a god in human form and want to worship you. (This has actually happened to me quite a bit.) (But seriously, that had to be a tempting moment for Paul and Barnabas, right? “Instead of being hated and beaten in other towns, we can just stay here for the rest of our lives and be worshiped.”) (Having people think you’re a god and making sacrifices for you can’t be that bad.)
- You might be beaten, stoned, and left for dead.
So, do I really want to be a part of this thing? Well, yes. Absolutely, yes. Why? Because…
- “We must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God” – and it’s worth all the pain to be a part of the Kingdom.
- God has not left Himself without testimony, He’s still at work even when life feels bad and seems crazy, and the idea that God is willing to work through us, man, it’s worth all the pain for the privilege of being used by God.