May 21 (Acts 16:21)
They advocate customs
that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept
or practice. (ESV)
The time is coming and may in fact be here in some places when speaking the truth and truths of God may be illegal. It already breaks certain unwritten, social laws. What will you do?
Paul had commanded a demon to leave a slave girl, and her owners claimed damage to their business and had Paul arrested. Don’t focus on the demon or the issue of slavery. Notice that business owners were claiming an act done in faithfulness to and in the power of Jesus Christ was bad for them economically. Can you imagine the same thing being said today? Of course you can. Increasingly it seems that living as a follower of Christ is incompatible with work in schools, business, and government. What will you do?
Paul did not think. He did not weigh his decision or ask for the input of friends. He turned around and commanded the demon to leave the girl and was thrown into jail for it. Yet because of that, a jailer and his family were baptized into the family of God.
Father, give me the courage to be faithful. In my work, with my friends, and in my daily interactions with people, may I be the salt and light that Jesus wants me to be. In His name I pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins