Question: Has your world been turned upside down?
Acts 17:5 But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
The envious Jews were searching for Paul and Silas. When they couldn’t be found, they brought out the believers from the house of Jason to the rulers of the city. Their complaint to the rulers is Paul and Silas have turned the world upside down, and now these men from Jason’s house are proof that they have now came to the Thessalonians.
To the Jews, Paul and Silas were turning the world upside down. They were splitting their congregations, they were changing their day of worship to Sunday, they were changing their doctrines and beliefs. Truly to these jealous Jews, this radical Apostle and his cohorts were destroying the lives of their family members, close friends and acquaintances.
What about us? Have our lives been turned upside down because of the doctrine of Christ, our relationship with Him, and the residence of His Holy Spirit? Has there been a radical change in our beliefs that have effected our lifestyle? Do we now despise sin? When we fall into temptation and sin, does it now sicken our stomachs? Do we now cringe when we see people serving their lusts? Do we now want to please our Lord and follow His ways? Do others think it strange that we don’t run to their same excess? Do we have new friends that cherish The Lord? Do we have new interests related to the kingdom of God? Has our reading list changed? Has our language changed? Are we changed and being changed by His Spirit?
If our world isn’t turning upside down, then let us examine ourselves and see if our faith is serious. Father, let us not submit to our flesh and selfishness, but let us willingly surrender to following your Spirit. Let your mercy motivate us to live for you. Amen.