20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”
AND THEN… there are people in your life (even close people) who just don’t seem to get what you are doing and who you are in Christ now. They don’t seem to understand how you’ve changed since you’ve encountered Jesus and how profound of an impact it has made in all of your being. These people may discourage you and even ask you to return to your old ways. This is the time to remember that you are no longer a slave to sin and shame and the things of old that once bound you. Steel up. Be strong and courageous. Turn to His word and love His precepts. Don’t turn to the left or right of His word and remember what He has done for you. Remember His faithfulness to you and how He has been leading you into green pastures and still waters. Today, reflect on the things He has done and how far He has taken you from where you first began (Josh).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.