Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
Acts 17:16

Do you ever feel that you need to tell more people about the Lord as you look at our confused society today? Being compelled to Minister the Word of the Lord is the result of seeing something that disturbs you deep in your soul.

Maybe you see something on television that is wicked and un-Godly. Maybe you see someone misrepresenting God. Maybe you see a situation in which you realize that people are turning to false gods. It grieves you and causes you to be stirred deep within.

The Book of Acts tells me when I read it, that when Paul arrived in Athens, he was grieved to see the absolute absence of the living God, and in His place, every conceivable substitute. Acts 17:16 says that Paul’s spirit “was provoked within him.” Another way to translate this is, “His spirit was sad.”  This doesn’t mean that Paul lost his cool and he was basically ticked off. This was compelled to Minister to the people.

Does it make you sad inside as you see generation after generation going down the same path that leads to destruction, buying into the same lies the generation before them bought into? Does that concern you?

Here is what it comes down to. I have finally realized after getting over my stubbornness. I can take as many classes as I want on how to share my faith. I can memorize verses. I can prepare myself but, unless I have a God-given burden for unbelievers, it won’t matter.  I… We all need to feel the sense of urgency to minister the Word of the Lord to all the believers and unbelievers. We have to feel the Lord working through us and let the Lord guide us in all our decisions.

Paul said, “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). But if some Christians were honest, they would say, “Woe is me if I have to preach the gospel.”

We need to ask God to change our hearts.

 God Bless, 

Brother Jonathan

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