Scripture--Acts 13-Acts 15
Observation—As I was reading, I was struck by the seemed missteps by the disciples. I was struck that not every church “plant” was successful. That Paul and Barnbabus fought over taking John Mark, and parted ways. That the people in Lystra saw the healing and immediately thought the disciples were gods and wanted to worship them. It seemed in this chapter that they disciples “failed” more than they “succeeded”.
Application—I’ve felt that way, have you? When I’ve looked at how things ended up, sometimes I see more failures, more missteps, more wrong turns than right ones. Sometimes I’ve looked back at a situation and wondered how we got so far afield. I take comfort in the fact that even Paul didn’t always get it “right”. I take comfort in the fact that God can take what I see as mistakes and missteps and make good out of them. I take comfort in the idea that trying my best counts for something. That as Paul says, (13:38-39) "Through Jesus we proclaim forgives of sins to you. From all those sins which you couldn’t be put in right relationship with God through Moses’ Law through Jesus everyone who believes is put in right relationship with God”!
Prayer—Savior, forgive me when I put what I do before your will. Forgive me when I’m more worried about being perfect that about loving you, taking risks, and loving those around me. Forgive me when I make it about what I can do instead of what you will do through me. Let me never forget that you can make good of it all! Amen