Shedding our Inhibitions

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 in Acts, New Testament
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Acts 14:11-15
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “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.

One of the longest journeys we undertake is the distance between our heart and our mind and every time we think we have made the distance, we go right back again. Paul and Barnabas, Jews by birth had to overcome the challenge of being trained to see God through the eyes of their elders to the real gospel of Jesus Christ and again had to give up their notion that God was only theirs to the reality that God loved the entire world. Similarly, the Lycaonians had comfort in expressing their faith in idols rather than the God who was causing the miracles and could not understand why Paul and Barnabas would refuse the honor they were bestowing upon them. Why could Paul and Barnabas not just be a ‘Roman in Rome’ and accept the accolades and honor and depart in peace?

The big issue Paul and Barnabas were facing was that they could not accept the honor showered upon them because they were not doing anything in their power, wisdom or strength and they knew too well that God who bestowed all of this upon them did it for his own glory. Unfortunately, the witnesses of the miracles wanted to show them their gratitude and worship them because that was the only way they knew how to respond to spiritual matters. We, like them tend to mould God into our paradigm rather than submitting to God in his and this causes confusion and misunderstanding. Lets revisit the cross (Mentally) and ask God to take away the cobwebs in our hearts and minds that cause us to stereotype our worship of God and let’s give God the glory he deserves by offering our all to him.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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