“Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” (Acts 11:19–21, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The Western world has largely been spared of such persecution, but it is interesting to note that while the devil intended to obliterate the Church, his devices were thwarted by God and actually served to grow the Church.
What are some of the things we encounter in the Western world that can also serve to spread the Gospel of Christ? Have you ever lost your job? Did you ever consider that God might be moving you to a new one to serve such a purpose? Has your family ever had to relocate causing you to enroll in a new school, forcing you to make new friends? Did you ever consider that these new friends might need to hear the Gospel and God has chosen you to be His herald? Did your first choice for college not work out and you had to “settle” for another? Did you ever consider that there might be those there that might only be receptive to the Gospel from someone like you?
My Advice – Persecution like that experienced in the 1st century is breaking out around the world at an increasing rate. It may soon be where you live, if it is not there already. Light is more noticeable the darker it gets. Don’t hide it. But even if it is not yet quite that dark where you live (where God may have moved you), does not mean that you cannot shine for the Master. You have the best news that anyone could possibly share with another.