We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are
in them, who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." And with
these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. However, when the disciples gathered
around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
Fridays with the Apostle Paul
The crowd can sure be fickle. One minute the men of this city are bowed in worship to Paul and Barnabas, assuming them to be gods. The next, they are hurling stones at them because religious Jews
have brought their theological debates into the conversation. Seems like a difficult environment for these apostles to navigate.
But that's the nature of crowds. They move together, even if the direction shifts suddenly. Crowds are easily stirred and their grasp of truth can only be held at the shallowest of levels.
God's plan isn't to move crowds, but to move hearts. He wants to effective change in our culture, but His strategy often moves with less fanfare and group focus than we might imagine. Instead, God
changes one man or one woman, and the power of that change spreads, individual by individual. That's the essence of making disciples---a one at a time, genuinely life-changing process that ultimately proves more powerful and dependable than the force a crowd
Yes, the God who can move mountains chooses to move a single heart in His direction, knowing it's the only means by which He can change the world.
--- Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Senior Director of the Healthy Church Network
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