“Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”Acts 21:13
Last week we saw a longer glimpse of Paul’s teaching. How he taught long into the night. How he taught day after day in every city he stayed.
This week we see some of the long term effects of his teaching. Lives being changed. Jewish leaders were nervous with the Gentile (non-Jewish believers) becoming believers but were not following all of the Jewish laws.
The more Paul taught the more the culture was changing. And not everyone was okay with that.
When a follower of Jesus Christ lives his/her life they do so in a way that is different from culture. A follower loves others without judgment. A follower serves all people without looking for recognition. A follower is a light that brightens any dark room.
Changing the culture does not occur all in one fell swoop. It requires individuals making small decisions day in and day out that is not the ‘norm’. These small decisions add up over time to make a large difference that changes the culture. Paul made decisions each day to be different by sharing the Gospel with everyone in all he did and said. The Holy Spirit changed entire families, towns and cultures through Paul.
In our lives today we can be culture changers as we make small decisions day in and day out. When we are resolved to live our faiths in the 168 hours of the week we will change the culture. We will show love in times it is difficult to love another. We will share why we love Jesus so another can begin their own journey with Jesus.
Culture does not need to remain the same simply because it has always been ‘that way.’ Culture can change by letting the Holy Spirit work through each one of us to reach the world.
So how can you change the culture? What is an area of society you can see changing by your making small decisions day in and day out?
What has God placed on your heart that you cannot stay silent about?
Remember that you are empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel with the world. You are not alone. God gives you the words and the perseverance to continue in making change in culture.
Imagine the world when the followers of Jesus Christ make small decisions each day in their communities to effect change. Entire families, towns, cultures will change as they did when Paul was on his missionary journeys. This is the long-term impact of being a resolved follower living The 168 Life.
May you be filled with the Holy Spirit today as you go out making small decisions that will change the culture. You have been resolved by Jesus Christ so go and be resolved for Jesus Christ.
This Week’s Challenge:
Name an area of culture that you are passionate about to change. Write down 3 things you will do to begin to help change that aspect of culture.