Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Acts 15:19 (NLT)
19 “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
Recently, I was having a phone conversation with my brother, and he was telling me about a detour to get to his house. He told me that when I come to his house, rather than turning where I normally turn and cross a bridge over the river, that I needed to go another five mile down the road, turn there, and come back several miles in order to get to his house. The reason for this is the bridge is currently closed off, and as a result, I have to go five miles out of the way. Isn’t that what we do with unbelievers? Sometimes we make things difficult for them to come to faith in Christ because we expect them to look like us, talk like us, dress like us, and dare I say it, smell like us! We put roadblocks in their way that causes them to go a roundabout way to faith, or even miss it all together. I once developed a good relationship with a man I was trying to convince to attend our church (not New Life, but another church I was Pastoring at the time). As hard as I tried I could not convince him to attend church. His reason: when he was a young boy he was emotionally hurt by a man at the church he was attending, and as a result he has never been back. Let’s stop being detours to people coming to faith and start being conduits and transmitters of faith. Let’s do what Paul said in his first letter to the Corinthians, “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23, ESV).