Acts 18:27-28 “And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.”
Many will cry, “Return to the Book of Acts to find the power and the fruitfulness only God can bring.” Yet, they forsake the very principles that God gave for growth.
When I read today’s passage, it struck me that the Jews were convinced not by eloquence of speech or the persuasiveness of the orator but by the power of the scriptures. Scriptures that showed that Jesus Christ was Who He said He was.
Throughout my time being saved, I have seen some miraculous things. All had come when the scriptures were presented to hungry hearts.
My own salvation came from the Word of God piercing my heart. It broke through my denominational religious teaching and indoctrination. God cleared the path for my decision to be between Jesus Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and religion.
Scriptures will not confound, but clear. They will clarify, not confuse.
God, Himself tells us that His Word has a specific purpose.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Not only does it says it will not return void, but it also accomplishes His pleasure and be prosperous. Why, then, do we hesitate to leave the fruit to God? He said He is the One to give the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
Once is enough to learn, but twice is for emphasis.
Often, we want to have a part in the plan, accept some credit, and feel like we are making a difference. It is totally selfless to allow God to be the One to speak through us to the hearts of those to whom we say and bring about the fruit.
It cannot be forced. It should not be methodized, strategized, or publicized in this way or that. God has a plan for every soul we meet; what to hear, what scriptures will break down the walls to trust Christ as Savior.
So it goes with the preaching of God’s Word. Some preach to evoke specific responses. Others to dispense truth like a shotgun blast. But to honestly wait on God’s leadership of what to say, when to say it, and how to say it takes a close, personal relationship with God.
The Bible talks of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Simply, it is totally empty of self so God can fill you.
We must all work to be devoid of dreams, plans, and schemes that are not God-led. That way, seeking God for everything that comes will give over the decision-making to Him.
It then becomes our job to wait on the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
We cannot and must not be anxious for the answer. God will answer in His time which is right on time.
Show and tell always involves something to present that has a story to it. We have the most extraordinary story ever told. We just need to tell it!