Today’s devotion is written by Julie Mitchell.
In Acts 9:23-25, we learn that the Jews were plotting to kill Saul. They “were watching the gates day and night to kill him; but his disciples took him by night and let him down over the wall, lowering him in a basket.” Saul, a dedicated, untiring, and bold speaker in the name of Jesus must have experienced a gamut of emotions: fear, rejection, humiliation, and repudiation. His efforts in the name of Jesus made him a marked man to the Jews.
In an attempt to save his life, the disciples take Saul at night and let him down over the wall~ in darkness, in seemingly abject failure and defeat: divine protection.
Rejection and persecution are unfair and lamentable. Yet, these emotional, human experiences are, at times, byproducts of following Christ. Truly living a Christian life is not a popularity contest; it is a life of sacrifice, struggle, and hurt. We are called to be the hands, voices, and feet of Christ in difficult circumstances.
Mark Twain once said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform, pause, or reflect.” Living in faith without challenge, trials, or pain might be a call for reflection and contemplation.
Think of some Christian circles that are comfortable for you. What makes these circles comfortable? Who are the members of this group?
Who are the minorities in our community that you are afraid to get close to? Where can they be found and what is their need?
What are your comments, thoughts, or questions?