“But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.”
Acts 17:5-6, 10-12 NKJV
Down is up and up is down. There was a time when there was such a thing as common sense. We are living in a time when the very idea of what is common or what makes sense is up to interpretation. Even in the church, there seems to be a tug of war over the work that we should be doing, over the mores we should observe, and even the very interpretation of the Scriptures.
In many congregations, factions vie for the supremacy in the order of the church. As a result of the dissention within the ecclesiastical walls, and without, in the greater society, we have seen our world flip upside down.
Paul and Silas brought truth to the people of Thessalonica, as they proclaimed the Gospel. The truth presented ran headlong into the envious hearts of the local leaders, and resulted in violence. Those who opposed them, charged that they had “turned the world upside down.”
The word of God has the power to transform, to change, to raise those spiritually dead to life. It is the ultimate x-ray machine, scanning the deepest recesses of the heart.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
We are living in the waning seasons of a dying world, where truth has been neglected, and lies abound. Even as things seem bleak, God has held open a door for the truth to get in and flip the lives of the hearers. There is no hope for the world as a whole, as it will be the Lord Jesus Christ who flips the world on His glorious appearing.
We can, though, share the message of the Good News that each who hears and responds can have their own world turned right side up, and know the blessings of God.
Let us be like the Bereans, ready and willing to search the Scriptures, that the truth be affirmed, and may we, in turn, be motivated to go and tell. We are on a rescue mission, saving souls closest hell, as the night approaches. We are seeing the sun going down on the Gospel, and we must get much done while there is still light.
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””
John 9:4-5 NKJV
““You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
We who have tasted such a great salvation and have drunk deep of the living water, have the light. Let us be ones who go and light the dark world, that the path to Christ be illuminated. There will be opposition, there will be times when we must flee to another place, that the work be completed. But each move will be purposeful, as the Gospel will still be preached.
We are sent by Him who created this world, and by Him who will eventually destroy this one and create it anew. Do not fear what we may encounter in the future. We go forth with the knowledge that God is with us.
Be encouraged in knowing that, just as the day gives way to night, the Son will rise!
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV
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