|Today’s Scripture: And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6|
|Christ had risen! The Apostles were sharing the Gospel throughout the world. Yet, the world was against them. This wasn’t a surprise – Christ had been killed and had warned them that the world would hate them because it had hated Him. As the Apostles and disciples travelled spreading the good news, they were accused of blasphemy, sedition, profaning the temple, etc.
One such accusation was that they had turned the world upside down. This was a true statement; they had turned the world upside down. Christ had come, been killed, and risen again. Now, they were sharing how His death provided salvation. Eternity with God wasn’t based on man’s works, but upon the payment of man’s sins by the perfect sacrifice.
If you want to see the world turned upside down to perfection, look at Matthew 5. In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ taught in contrast to the way the world works. The world says, “Think well of yourself;” Christ says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The world says, “Your happiness is all that matters;” Christ says, “Blessed are they that mourn.” The world says, “Show them who’s the boss;” Christ says, “Blessed are the meek.” The world says, “An eye for an eye;” Christ says, “Turn the other cheek.” The world says, “Love your neighbor;” Christ says, “Love your enemies.” Those Christ elevates the world thinks little of and vise-versa. The world says, “They that are great exercise authority”; Christ says, “Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.”
But the most important difference is this: The world says, “Be good, and you’ll go to Heaven.” Christ says, “Whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The disciples had shared this message around the world. Many people were coming to the knowledge of Christ. This was changing the world.
We have the same message they did. We have the same Savior, the same Spirit, and the same power. Share God’s love with someone today, and let’s start turning the world upside down again.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.