”The church sent them on their way, and as they travelled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad.”
They were sent on their way to convince the Jerusalem church leaders that the Gentiles did not need circumcision for salvation.
They are ready to vehemently stand and oppose the position of circumcision. They will fight this at all costs.
So along the way what is their focus? When they are travelling and stopping by these new churches that have been established, what do they talk about? Is it circumcision? Is it Jerusalem?
They focus on the salvation of the Gentiles.
Paul was consumed with the desire to see people find Christ. It was everything to him.
The gospel was not a past-time it was everything.
So as he travelled he told people stories of the power of the gospel.
I know something of this personally.
I love to tell stories too. The stories of salvation, visions and dreams of Christ, disciples made, churches planted, healings and all these things are happening now.
Never underestimate the power of a testimony of a life that has been sold out for God.
Keep the stories ever before you. Let them keep your focus. Let them guide you along the way. Let them bless you.