Acts 15: 7- 12: Only one way
“After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: ‘Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles should hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.’ 12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.”NIV UK
Let’s recognise that God has the final say in distributing kingdom work (7). He assigns His people their various jobs; their fields of service. This is His business and not ours. At times we may find ourselves looking over someone else’s fence and thinking their grass is greener. Well, their garden may be bigger (or smaller possibly); it may take on an unusual shape. It’s style may be far removed from yours. But no other garden is ‘greener’. It can’t be better. Be happy to faithfully and diligently cultivate your ‘allotment’. Don’t give way to envy or criticism, or other similarly unhelpful and sinful attitudes. The sweetest place in all the world in which you can live and work is right in the centre of God’s will. Wherever we are called to go; whoever we are called to serve, the message remains the same. The only way anyone can be saved (9, 11) is by ‘’grace’’ and through ‘’faith’’ in Jesus. There is no other way. God gives the same Holy Spirit to all who trust in Christ (8). In the summer of 1976, I served in Annecy, France, with a mission team. The title given to ‘Operation Mobilisation’s’ campaign that year was ‘Un seul chemin’, which, I believe, means ‘one way only.’ Whether Jews or Gentiles, all people need to be made aware that Jesus is ‘the only way to the only God there is.’ (David Pawson) So, go gladly and willingly where God sends, and tell what He says.
PRAYER: Lord God, I can only agree with the psalmist that the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Surely, I have a delightful inheritance. Your will is sweet.