Be true to yourself
Acts 17:18 “A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.”
The team are in Athens and they are beginning to attract some attention. Today we read how two of the most popular philosophies at the time came to tackle him. We will discover in the next several days some of what they believed.
This morning I am intrigued by their question, “What is this babbler trying to say?” I wonder if there is much babbling today in churches, I hope not!
The word Paul uses for ‘babbler’ means to pick at scraps of knowledge as a bird picks at the ground for small bits of food. Unprocessed thought borrowed from elsewhere.
They accuse of him of being uncouth. They were used to fancy words to explain philosophical thoughts. Paul was different. He didn’t speak the language of the elite but of the people.
If ever you need some confirmation to be yourself and not to adopt a ministry style, this is your verse.
Don’t let others mould you or intimidate you to be someone you never desired or intended to be.
On top of this, stick with your message, don’t let others take it from you or cause you to change it. Paul had always spoken of Jesus and his resurrection. So here in Athens he keeps to the same message. He gets criticised for it, but this is who he is.