Acts 17:1-15; Judges 6; Job 36
I wonder if Paul, Silas and Timothy ever got tired of their routine: go to new town, preach in synagogue, see many Jews believe in Jesus, Jewish leaders get jealous, they form a mob and then seek to throw Paul and company in jail, or at least out of town. In Thessalonica, there was one variation as the mob searched for Paul, Silas and Timothy. “But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: ‘These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.’” (Acts 17:6-7) One of my favorite phrases in this verse is translated elsewhere as “These men who have turned the world upside down…” The gospel message does turn the world upside down…or rather, right side up. When people’s relationships with God are restored, the world comes back into balance. When people oppose God, the world is in turmoil. The truth of God, seeking to bring peace to those in turmoil, causes problems for those who thrive in the turmoil. Sometimes, it’s easy to carve a notch out of the turmoil and hide. When that happens, you may live in a world without God, but no one sees or notices you. As followers of Christ, we are called not to hide in our cubby holes, but to be salt and light to a world in turmoil. We are called to trouble the world. We are called to turn the world upside down…er…right side up.
Dear Lord, let my life and my words lead others to follow You. Help me to lead others to You so that their upside down lives can be turned right side up. Take control of this world and restore people’s relationships with You.