Acts 19:23-27
About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”

As we continue to journey with Paul through his travels around Turkey, Greece, Italy and the surrounding regions to preach the gospel, we see how the Holy Spirit has been working in and through Paul, the new believers and the brothers who work with Paul to extend God’s dominion in those lands. The signs were obvious and the truth was revealed to everyone so that many submitted themselves before Jesus and accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior. This certainly had an impact on trades that were reliant on the religions of the land as people now had no need of idols, sacrifices, etc. Demetrius represented the silversmiths but the big gathering was anyone who was part of this community serving the worshippers of the Gods of that land. What a devastating effect it must have had on their trade?

Even today, many of us go through life with such a myopic view of God. We define God in a certain way and are unwilling to change that perspective, even if it means it hinders our walk with Him. Denominations, rituals, idols and all the paraphernalia seems to occupy us more than loving and serving God. Lets not be Demetrius’ and be locked in our cages of rigid understanding. Lets open our minds and ask God to lead us to a better understanding of who He is, what he wants of us and follow His lead. We have the Bible which is God’s word to us and that should be our compass in our life. The Holy Spirit is given to us to direct us to God and is available to every believer.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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