Enough is enough
Acts 18:6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.’
Enough is enough.
We have heard those words recently with the rise of terrorist attacks in the UK.
I hope those words lead to some decisive and maybe shocking actions that would never have been taken had we not experienced such evil attacks.
Enough is enough.
It was for Paul.
“From now on…”
Maybe today the situation you are in has become so difficult that you are going to have to declare, ‘From now on.’
Paul demonstrated this by following the actions of Old Testament characters such as Nehemiah in shaking the dust off his garments. This was known in Judaism and Jesus used this when he suggested to his disciples they shake the dust off their feet. Here is what it means.
Maybe today the situation you are in has become so difficult that you are simply going to have put some distance between you and that person or circumstance. Remove the situation from your life. Carry the heaviness no more.
Finally Paul decided that he was going to move on to a new life, a new ministry. This was a new moment for him. This was the day for leaving his old focus and head to something new, to the Gentiles.
From now on …
I remove myself …
I now go …
Maybe today the situation you are in has become so difficult that you will announce a new moment, a new direction, a new job perhaps, you will hang around with a new friend, but this is the turning point.
And looking back in the years to come you will agree that the day of difficulty had to be, in fact you are grateful for it was then that you said enough is enough.