12 Everyone became quiet as they listened to Barnabas and Paul. They were telling about the signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon Peter has explained to us what God has now done. He has chosen some of the Gentiles to be among his very own people. 15 The prophets’ words agree with that. They say, 16 “ ‘After this I will return and set up again David’s fallen tent. I will rebuild what was destroyed. I will make it what it used to be. 17 Then everyone else can look to the Lord. This includes all the Gentiles who belong to me, says the Lord. The Lord is the one who does these things.’ (Amos 9:11,12) 18 The Lord does things that have been known from long ago. 19 “Now here is my decision. We should not make it hard for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Here is what we should write to them. They must not eat food that has been made impure by being offered to statues of gods. They must not commit sexual sins. They must not eat the meat of animals that have been choked to death. And they must not drink blood. 21 These laws of Moses have been preached in every city from the earliest times. They are read out loud in the synagogues every Sabbath day.”
This passage makes me thankful and excited. The salvation and redemption message is for all humankind. We know it was for the Jews, Jesus himself was a Jew. And it says here it is also for the Gentiles, all non Jews. And it has always been that way, as James reminds the group.
The message is alive and active in signs and wonders. Paul and Barnabas have just been telling the group about the miraculous things they have seen and how Gentile lives have been changed and transformed.
Lord, help me not to anticipate who might hear and receive. Help me to be obedient to you and share you with all people. Please give me the boldness I need and help me to always have a testimony ready on the tip of my tongue. Lord, also help me to minister your Holy Spirit and accompany this witness with signs and wonders, that people might see, hear, experience and come to know you.
Written by Zoe Stewart