Text: Acts 14; Joshua 17-18
As the story of Paul’s first missionary journey unfolds, he and his entourage stop at various places to preach Jesus. In a city called Iconium there was great success but also strong opposition.
So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3)
How do we respond when things get difficult? Do we give up? Move on? In this case their response was to dig in for the long haul. This is an important example for us today. The world around us is full of people who are very far away from God. For them to discover they can trust Christians, for them to become curious about Jesus, for them to be open to change in their lives and to be drawn to seek the Lord takes time – often a lot of time. We need to be in for the long haul. And as the early apostles, we need to speak boldly as we trust the Lord to do the unseen work in the hearts of people. And, in due time – in God’s time – there will be a harvest.
in Him, Mike