On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. -Acts 13:44-49
Through out the book of Acts, we’ve seen Gentiles coming to the first church and following the disciples by the thousands. The Jews envied this. And I’m sure it drove the religious leaders nuts – here they were with their traditions and strict rules, but getting people to show up to the temple was like pulling teeth. But these disciples come and start preaching all sorts of new things and the people follow them in crowds.
Unfortunately, times have changed. Most people have heard about Jesus in some shape or form. With dozens of religions to choose from, it’s often easier to not choose any particular religion and instead make our own way, in our versions of religion that feel right to us and make us feel comfortable. Young people especially struggle with this. We want to find our own way, so we rebel against rules and guidance.
But, because of this, there is even a greater need for true disciples to stand up and speak of the Truth. The world needs a generation of set apart women who stand firm in the word of God and who speak the gospel, even when people don’t want to hear it. The world tells us to keep our beliefs private – you believe what you believe, and I’ll believe what I want to believe. But, that’s not what the Bible says.
And He said unto them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” -Mark 16:15
There is a world out there hungering for Truth. Not watered down religion or good Christian entertainment that plagues many churches today, but real people living out the Gospel in the modern world. Have you ever met someone or even found a blog or social media account where you saw a woman living out a Godly life or accomplishing something you’ve only dreamed of and because you saw she could do it, you too believed you could? That’s what the world needs. So, be that inspiration for someone else.
Be the light, and people will also come to you, and through you, they will find Christ. Other believers may envy you. But light attracts people. And until every person hears the Gospel, this world will not end (Matthew 34:14). Yes, many people have heard about Christ. But few have seen true Christianity lived out. Let us be the generation of women who show the world that it is possible to live a set apart life, even in a world so quickly running away from all things religion.