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14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 15
"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We
are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless
things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and
everything in them. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness
by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides
you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
and Barnabas proclaimed to the people of Lystra the good news that the
true God who made heaven and earth was now showing himself to them.
The living God was calling them to come to him and to turn away from
Paul explained that their worship of
false Gods had resulted from a long history of ignoring God and going
their own way instead. He pointed to creation, the seasonal rains, and
bountiful crops as witnesses of provision from their Creator. The
abundance of blessing and joy in their lives, he said, were testimonies
of God's kindness to them.
Response and Action:
good news is that God is calling people to himself. In proclaiming
this good news, it is important to help people see evidence of the true
and living God who is already at work among them with love and
kindness. It is also necessary to help them recognize what is false and
Living and True God, I want to be responsive to your invitation. Help
me to turn away from all that is worthless and false. Help me to
recognize the evidences of your truth and kindness toward me. As I
respond and surrender to you, help me to share this good news with
others. Help me be a witness of your truth and kindness. Help me to
humbly and gently expose falsehoods and point others to you. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me. 19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am
with you always, to the very end of the age."
Growing Your Faith By Giving It Away: Telling the Gospel Story With Grace and Passion
by R. York Moore