Sunday, February 9

Ready to serve my enemies

Scripture: Leviticus 10-12, Acts 16

Acts 16:27–28  The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”

Observation

Paul and Silas had been unfairly accused, attacked, beaten and jailed.  I would have been furious, frustrated, fuming.  They were singing hymns, praying and praising God!  The other prisoners were listening and no doubt wondering.  When the earthquake struck and all their shackles fell off and doors flew open, the jailer assumed the prisoners had all escaped and prepared to fall on his sword.  But Paul stopped him, shared the gospel with him, and baptized him and his whole household!  I have to assume that Paul’s prayer and praise in a difficult situation were connected to his readiness to share the gospel with an enemy, his jailer.

Application

Here’s my challenge: in the midst of difficult circumstances, continue to pray and praise and trust God!  Doing this will keep me ready to serve others, even my enemies.  Fuming, fussing, feeling sorry for myself, getting angry and frustrated will only handcuff and keep me from ministering to others.  

I’m headed into a situation this week where I’ve faced some opposition.  I’m going to go in praying and praising—and ready to serve even those who oppose me.

Prayer: Thanks for the example of Paul and Silas.  Help me to be ready to serve my enemies.  Help me to trust You even when I’m prancing in the poop!