DAY 12 – The Church Sends Out Its 1st Missionary Team.
READ: Acts 13:2-5, 8, 13, 44-45, 48-52 and Acts 14:1-2, 4, 11, 19, 26-28
Have you ever been on a mission trip? Or, gone door to door evangelizing? It can be scary. You never know what the reception or reaction of the people will be to the Gospel. When the church at Antioch sent out their first official missionary team, you’d think that the Lord would have given them a bit of a break that first trip out. But such was not the case. One of their own team members returned home barely after they got on the road. Jealous religious leaders turned influential citizens against them in one city, while a magician they encountered in another town was hard at work doing the same. If that wasn’t enough, some townsfolk along the way mistakenly thought Paul and Barnabas were gods. Yet that didn’t stop another angry bunch in a nearby area from stoning Paul and leaving him for dead! Their strong, home congregation had fasted, prayed and sent these men out in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet the team still experienced uncivilized areas full of superstition, ignorance and Satanic opposition.
How Does This Apply to Me? When we have opportunities to reach out, minister or share our faith, we shouldn’t expect God to make it easy on us just because we’re willing to do it or because we’re being obedient. Sharing the Gospel won’t always be an easy road for us and, it’s usually not found on the path of least resistance. Wherever we are, and wherever we go, we should be aware that opposition, struggles and difficulties may join us along the way. We need to remember that those detours and inconveniences in life will not sidetrack the spreading of the Gospel, nor will they stamp out God’s love for the people of this world that He came to seek and to save.
Acts 13:49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.
Praying Together: Let’s ask God for the wisdom and the strength to carry out the mission that He gave us of taking the Gospel to the whole world.