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“…who was I to think that I could oppose God?”
August 15, 2009, 2:32 pm
Filed under: E Acts

In chapters 8 to 11 in Acts God begins to do His great work of finding a home outside of Jerusalem! As I read these chapters I saw a contrast with the previous chapters. The body of Christ had become pregnant in Jerusalem and selfish with the blessings of God and had not moved beyond Jerusalem as Jesus instructed. Now in chapters 8 to 11 and really even to the end of the book of Acts the focus is moving from Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the world! Does it have to take persecution among God’s people to get them to follow Jesus at His word? Will it take persecution among me and my family to get us to follow Jesus at His word? Or will I/we stay stuck to our own traditions and ideas and keep doing the same thing, expecting different results (by the way Eistein said this was insanity!). I pray it doesn’t but as I read about the history of the church it seems that it will happen, persecution is our lot in life, because we love our self more than Jesus. In chapter 2 it seemed that the normal life of a follower, devotion to the teachings of Jesus “and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer….(giving) to anyone as he had need. Everyday…they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God” that they would always enjoy “the favor of all the people.” But it doesn’t always seem to be the case when the good news of Jesus was shared. It can bring persecution, slander, confusion, and death. Additionally, as I read chapters 8 to 11 I began to be reminded of some of Jesus teachings from the gospels when he sent out the disciples and then the seventy-two, sending them out “two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” There is a real sense that Jesus, finally having gotten the attention of His disciples, is now living His life, ministry, death, and resurrection through them again, as they obey what he told them to do! They were going and meeting people in the marketplaces and in homes, following the lead of the Holy Spirit, allowing Jesus to be Head of His Body, finding men and women of peace, and bringing good news of Jesus to them, their families, and friends. They baptized each other in water to show a new way of living, a life in Christ, and were taught by Jesus how to live in devotion to Him and one another, which was causing a Jesus movement from home-to-home and town-to-town! Jesus was finally finding a home to dwell in His creation! There is “good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all”! I also got a sense that the temple was no longer being used by the disciples in Jerusalem, it is no longer mentioned, possibly due to the persecution they had been forced out, and the focus became more on going out into the marketplaces and in homes where Jesus led them by His Holy Spirit. Why has the church reversed this role today? Why is it to “be” church we have to “go” to a church building, a sacred temple so to speak, and with little focus on being the church, the Body of Christ, in the marketplaces and in homes where people live? In my heart I have to say it’s because it is easy and convenient, I don’t like conflict and being obedient. What do I read in Acts – the life of the Body of Christ in conflict because of obedience! Why is it on the news when we hear about a “church” building burning down or destroyed by the weather (act of God?) the first thing the “pastor” wants to do is start a “building program” in order to do church? Perhaps the building program is really not about brick and mortar? Lord move my heart and soul to not just be a hearer but a doer of Your Word! Lord move the heart and soul of Your Body to not just be hearers but doers of Your Word! Not because of some program but because of You being the Head and leading and guiding in the marketplace and in our homes! Live Your life, ministry, death, and resurrection in me, my family, and Your Body! May it be so!

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