06.17.10 | Comments
Where did we ever get the idea that following Christ was synonymous with playing it safe?
Check out this snapshot from the Book of Acts:
Acts 5:17-21 (NKJV)
Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,
"Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."
And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught."
They were miraculously rescued from prison and told to.. go somewhere safe?
To go back out to the Temple and start preaching again.
Back into the fire.
"Can this really be God's will for us?"
Maybe they asked that question as they were escorted back to the big council meeting:
Acts 5:27-29 (ESV)
"And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men."
Obedience can be hard sometimes.
But there's joy in the midst of it.
Acts 5:40-42 (ESV)
".... and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ."
They were rejoicing!
That takes faith.
Faith that God knows what He's doing even when it doesn't make sense to us.
Francis Chan writes:
"Having faith often means doing what other see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers."