Acts 17: 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: ‘These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here …
Can you imagine this?
It just sounds chaotic doesn’t it?
It’s not exactly seeker-sensitive.
Here is Paul and his team planting a church in Thessalonica and here they are causing mayhem. They would be on their way soon but those new believers, converts to Christianity, would remain to form churches which had their foundations based on persecution. How they would have needed Paul’s letter of encouragement to them later where he commended them for their faith.
We are introduced to Jason. We do not know him except he with others had become believers of Jesus. Their houses were searched, they were manhandled and dragged before the authorities, they were shouted at. Did they sign up for this when they gave their lives to Christ? Yes they did.
I received a text yesterday from one of our Pastors in India: “Amidst great opposition and challenges we had an overwhelming meeting the last two days. The Spirit of the Lord moved mightily and people were delivered instantly.”
Today, as you read this blog, some of our church planters from an Islamic nation who had been arrested last week are being tried for apostasy. Please pray for them.
I have come to see more and more that God can be found in chaos. In fact He works powerfully in that place.
To those in trouble today, God is with you and we on the banks of safety pray for you.