“As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” Acts 19:40
Those early Christians were heroic. They had no fear of rocking the boat. They simply spoke the truth… and riots followed. The gospel has a way of causing a commotion — both externally and internally. We have to face some disrupting bad news before getting to the good news.
When Paul appeared before Governor Felix to defend himself against his Jewish accusers, an inward commotion erupted in Felix’s heart (Acts 24). Although at first Felix listened to Paul explain his faith, when Paul began talking about “righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25), Felix became afraid and dismissed him. Apparently, listening to Paul was too convicting. Yet Paul preached the gospel unashamedly. And he left the results to God.
We who are in the process of becoming “little Christs” must never compromise the truth. We must not let the fear of others’ dismissal hinder us from causing a potential commotion. The other day a woman asked me if I would pray for her and her boyfriend to find an apartment. I lovingly explained to her why I couldn’t pray for something out of God’s order. Then I told her of God’s better plan for her life. It felt risky, but how could I do less?
So let’s step up to the plate and give those who have gone before us something to cheer about. Let’s resist the pull toward being either spineless or graceless in ways that offer nonbelievers an excuse to say, “No, thanks.” Go ahead. Present the gospel. Cause a commotion!
Thank You, Father for helping us see the truth and for every opportunity to share that truth with others. May we have courage to speak the truth in love, always. Amen.
Somewhere in your sphere of influence let God’s love cause a commotion!