Martyr or Misdirected?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Acts 9:26-43; Ps 35:1-16

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Acts 9:29-30
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.

REFLECT
As we read about the early ministry of Paul, we cannot help but notice that wherever he went people wanted to kill him.  Why was this so? The once fanatic Pharisee turned into a passionate Christian; perhaps they saw him as a traitor. But why did the apostles send him off to Tarsus? Why not let Paul keeping speaking in Jerusalem, trusting God to protect His holy servant? Could it be that Paul himself needed some soul searching on how to declare the Gospel with wisdom and humility?

RELATE
The fact that every time we speak about Christ people want to kill us doesn’t mean that we are doing the right thing. In 1 Pet 3:15 we are called to share the gospel with gentleness and respect. Instead of trying to shove God’s truth down someone’s throat, we need to learn how to discern if he or she is open to drinking the water of life. If we are the kind who like to argue about any and every thing (including our faith), let us be reminded that not all martyrs are martyrs.

REST
Lord, give me boldness to share my faith, and wisdom to share it where it matters.

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Day 265

by Rev Joel Yong

John 12:4-6
One of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray him, asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for a high price and the money given to the poor?” (Judas didn’t say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the moneybag and carried the contributions.)

Things are not always what they seem.
A question asked, may come with a hidden agenda.

But God knows all.
There is nothing that can be hidden from Him, for He is omniscient- all-knowing.

So come clean before Him.
Not for His sake – He has all the info He needs on you.
But for yours, so that you might let the Healer heal you, correcting your heart and giving you new life in Him.

You don’t have to keep doing the same old year after year.
You can address your tendencies to blow your top, to lust after what is not yours, to worry day after day over everything … and so much more.
Just come to God, and confess your failings and your need of Him.