Scripture: Acts 13:46-50
Then both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you [the Jews]. Since you reject it and judge yourselves to be unworthy of eternal life, we are now turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and praised the word of the Lord; and as many as had been destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread throughout the region.
Thoughts for the Day: It’s amazing how God’s Word spreads, almost like an organic organism looking for a home to settle in. The Word is passed from person to person, often being rejected, but many times changing the life of the person who is open and accepting to the Love of God. God’s Word can mean freedom for the oppressed and relief for the suffering. But the word must be proclaimed and heard for any effect to occur. Paul and Barnabas traveled the globe spreading the good news of Christ, and were often met with rejection, ridicule, persecution, and imprisonment. Yet, God continued to inspire them to spread the news that humanity has an intrinsic relationship with an infinitely divine consciousness that, if we allow it, can guide our thoughts and actions and shape our heart, so that we may transform from creatures of sin into creatures of love.