The Challeng of the Spirit



Daily reading: Acts 11:1-18
July 5, 2015

Focus scripture: “If God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, then who am I?  Could I stand in God’s way?” Acts 11:17

What we see in the early church movement is that the Spirit of God pushes the followers of Jesus, to see that the old way of doing things isn’t working anymore.  Gentile converts to the faith are not required to follow the religious customs of the Jews.  The body of Christ that is emerging is much more diverse and rich than Peter and the apostles had originally envisioned and it takes both the movement of the Holy Spirit and a vision from God to bring Peter to this new way of understanding.
And rather than taking this passage and becoming legalistic about it, as those who had questioned Peter were: we should open ourselves to the reality that this passage isn’t just about food.  It isn’t only about eating or refusing to eat what someone offers to us. 

This passage for us today is about looking at what barriers what absolutes we erect in our own lives.  

It is about seeing past our differences and being able to see God’s movement in the lives of people who are different than us.

It is set as a story that not only reminds us of God’s great challenge to us as followers of Christ, but also as a means of inspiration for all of us. 
Any time we go out to serve in the name of Christ, we are pushed out of our comfort zones and it is in that messy place that are by nature uncomfortable that we find God’s presence:  Opening us up to new experiences that have the power to be transformative in our lives.

Prayer:  God help me to go when you push me beyond my comfort zone so I can experience you presence.  Amen.

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