Saturday 15 December, 2012

Acts 16:19-24

19 The female slave’s owners realized that their hope of making money was gone. So they grabbed Paul and Silas. They dragged them into the market place to face the authorities. 20 They brought them to the judges. “These men are Jews,” her owners said. “They are making trouble in our city. 21 They are suggesting practices that are against Roman law. These are practices we can’t accept or take part in.” 22 The crowd joined the attack against Paul and Silas. The judges ordered that Paul and Silas be stripped and beaten. 23 They were whipped without mercy. Then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received his orders, he put Paul and Silas deep inside the prison. He fastened their feet so they couldn’t get away.

Paul & Silas are preaching the Gospel in Philippi. Paul has just delivered a girl from a spirit of divination. There seemed to be no problem in them preaching until the girl could no longer make money for her owners. Then the girls’ owners als

o bring up Roman customs that the preaching of the Gospel was speaking into.

The Gospel will always speak into our customs & traditions – things that we think are normal ok lifestyle.

Money and cultural customs – these 2 things cause the most angst, the most rub and require the most change when it comes to the Gospel and our hearts towards Jesus.

I may not want our preachers dragged off to gaol, stripped and beaten when I don’t like what they are saying – but I do need to guard against money and lifestyle overwhelming and blocking my response to Jesus and the lifestyle changes He wants me to make.

Father, help me to live my life from your perspective – Biblically – and not from my cultural bias or what I think is ok. I pray that I would always remain open to the changes that the Gospel requires me to make in my life.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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