shouting, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple area and defiled this holy place.” Acts 21:28 (NIV)
It happens again! Another servant of the Lord is mistaken! A man dedicated to turning hearts and attention towards the Lord is accused of trouble. Indignant against the assumed threat to their place of worship, their customs, and their ideals, men get upset. They resort to uncharitable and hostile sentiments. It is not the first time men in desperation have defended their beliefs and customs. It will not be the last. But instead of directing ourselves and others to God, the focus shifts. Could we also be guilty of rising up “against” someone instead of “to” God even in our times?
Whenever we forget to be charitable, we do not represent God. Instead we turn to a sentiment of our own. When we are not filled with the love of Christ, we cannot say that it is Him that we follow. God does not need to be defended. Our traditions and ideals may. When we start to see ourselves rising up against someone in our time, should we take the time to drop to our knees? Should we approach Christ in honesty and seek His direction instead of our first heated reaction? Shall we resist the temptation of being against, and assure that it is our mission to point all to the Lord?
Please help us grow so close to You that Your nature and Your will are shown in us! Rather than finding people to be against, let us be good examples of devotion to You we pray!