A Thought for Today: “Rejoicing in Good Decisions”
Sometimes when we try to explain what an idea is, we say what it is not. We seem to be living in a time that is the opposite of this thought.
When good decisions are made, half of the people are upset. And when bad decisions are made, half the people are happy.
For instance, trying not to go too political, the idea of defunding the police; there are people too happy to do this.
Please read the following verses.
22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers. 23 With them they sent the following letter:
The apostles and elders, your brothers,
To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:
Greetings. 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.
30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the brothers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them. 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
Yesterday we read of the proposal James came up with, it was adopted and it seems like the Christians were happy with his proposal.
Now the rest of the people were waiting to see what would come out of this Acts 15 meeting. When it was reported to them, they too were happy with it.
I don’t know that on this side of heaven we will come back to this ideal model the early Church had. Now they were not perfect, it is good to see such godly cooperation.
Today, the gap between good sound thinking and craziness is widening. There is little agreement on what is good or bad. This is caused by the shrinking number of believers.
The Body of Christ is still filling. We are getting closer, one day at a time when that Body will be full and taken to heaven. Today, there are more unbelievers than believers. This is a concern for believers.
I am not sure what the near future holds. I have an understanding of what the eternal future hold and that is the future I am clinging to using the power of the Holy Spirit to hang on.
I pray that you are doing the same.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing