Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. Acts 16:3
There once was a time when believers were willing to go to great lengths to demonstrate their faith. They even chose to suffer before placing another child of God in a compromising situation. Perhaps circumcising oneself may seem a little too drastic for most. It may even be disputed whether or not it still pleases God. But early Christians willingly went under the knife in their devotion to the Lord and His work. Does our faith resemble theirs still today?
Far from advocating that people run off to mutilate themselves, could there still be a need for each to examine our hearts? Might we want to bring our motives and our actions before the Lord today while there is still time to do something about it? Do we want to see if we are reluctant to go as far as God would ask us to? Are we really going as far as we should to become wholesome and unselfish witnesses of Him? Is there more that we cling to that we could let go of to be faithful followers of our Savior? Is there a way that we could show those around us that we care more about their eternal fate than we do about our own skin? Shall we make our faith today more important than the details? Should we be willing to risk our own hides in the service of the Lord now?
Grow our faith until we are willing to sacrifice anything that need be to share You with others! Help us gladly risk our own skin if it means to bring glory or others to You we pray!