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: Jerry Johnson.
One of the hardest concepts for many Christians to grasp is that the Gospel is for people from all different backgrounds and circumstances. In the early days of the church, the Apostles encountered continual opposition from people who relied upon their religious identities to discriminate against others—usually the Gentiles. Do we do the same thing today, even unintentionally? Are we “tribalists” who tend to remain in our comfort zone of being around only other Christians who speak and act like us? Or are we enthusiastic in sharing the Gospel and excited when people come to saving faith?