The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.
by: Paula Davis.
Where is God calling you to spread the message of the gospel? Paul and Barnabas were called to continue Jesus’ fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah to be a light for the Gentiles. Although they were rejected by the Jews they did not give up but asked the Lord, “Who is next?” It turned out that who was next happened to be another group that had been rejected by the Jews. How about us? Have we been rejected by some and given up too easily? Do we throw up our hands and say, “I guess I’m just not an evangelist.”? Ask God where He wants you to be light for Him and shine brightly there!