Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. – Acts 18:9-10
Meditation: The Apostles had much trouble in preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. They suffered for what they said and what they didn’t say. They were imprisoned and beaten. They were stoned and shipwrecked. In the end, all but one died violently for their faith. Was it worthy it?
Well, if you know the Word of God, if you have heard it taught and preached, if you have benefited from the comfort and care of a Christian, it is large part because they faithfully executed the mission their into all nations and preach the Gospel of Christ. Yes, Jesus saves, and He saves eternally despite His people hearing the Gospel. However, without hearing and experiencing the grace of the Gospel in this life, we would be yet lost in our sins, ignorant of how we might be saved.
Our Lord Jesus was with them all the way. Despite their tribulation, they were blessed, they sang and celebrated, they embraced and enjoyed incredible fellowship with the Spirit and the saints of God. In Corinth, Paul met great resistance from Jews he hoped would receive the Word of Life joyfully. Yet there remained many that would believe. For this reason, the Lord encouraged the Apostle to remain and preach boldly.
Though we may be surrounded by skeptics and troubled by those that despise us for believing in God and salvation by Jesus Christ, I encourage you to fear not and to speak up for Jesus. Be the blessing for someone who needs to hear the Good News. The Lord has yet much people in this world.
Call To Action: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Philippians 2:14-16).