Monday, October 23
Scripture: Job 13-14, Acts 17-18
Acts 17:6–7 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city authorities and shouted, “These men have caused trouble everywhere! Now they have come to our city, 7 and Jason has kept them in his house. They are all breaking the laws of the Emperor, saying that there is another king, whose name is Jesus.”
Sometimes we can learn from the opposition’s comments.
Paul and Silas were making disciples in Thessalonica; the Jews became jealous and opposed them. They went to Jason’s house, hoping to find Paul and Silas. When they didn’t, they drug Jason and some other believers before the civil authorities. What was their charge? They were breaking Roman law by saying that there is another king whose name is Jesus.
For the Jews, the greatest sin was blasphemy. For the Romans, the greatest sin was treason. So they accused the Christians of treason, of allegiance to another king, Jesus.
In one sense it was true. Christians refused to say, “Caesar is Lord,” because they believed that Jesus is Lord. A Christian’s highest allegiance is to Jesus. He is in fact our King, our Lord, our Leader, our God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord, we are transferred into a new kingdom, into the kingdom of God. “He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” (Colossians 1:13)
On the other hand, Luke is careful in Acts to show that Christians posed no political threat to Rome. They were good citizens of Rome, even though their true citizenship was in heaven. Christians are counter-cultural; they are revolutionaries—but not treasonous.
Jesus is our King. What does that mean for me today? As I said yesterday in church, it means that I wake up this morning and ask, “What do You want to do today, Lord?” I make myself available to God to do what He wants done—for God’s kingdom is where His will is done.
Prayer: So, here I am Lord. What do You want to do today? How can I join You in doing Your will here on earth as it is in heaven?