by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Acts 9:26-43; Ps 35:1-16
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
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.
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?
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.
Lord, give me boldness to share my faith, and wisdom to share it where it matters.