It seems that people are so quick to jump up and down about something they are passionate about
Reference: Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash. (Acts 19:36 NIV)
Explore: I’m often intrigued by how defensive people can get over particular topics.
I used to be a part of a small group when one guy was always mouthing off about how poor the education system was and how teachers were overpaid and under qualified. If you dug a little deeper you soon discovered that he had not even finished high school himself and was not doing anything to make the changes he thought were so important.
An old university friend used to get very passionate about food. She looked down on anyone who didn’t buy particular organic brands of food and would even chastise us if we ate certain items around her. Now I’m a big believer in being aware of what you eat, however, she lost a great deal of impact whenever we went out and she would gorge herself on the unhealthiest take away.
It seems that people are so quick to jump up and down about something they are passionate about. However, the challenge is to step forward to be a part of the solution.
Application: In the days after Jesus had risen again, people were so taken by this new belief system that they changed their lives to follow Jesus. They were willing to take drastic action to worship the One true God.
This had an impact on the rest of the community and in this passage we read of a riot starting because the other townspeople were not happy with the changes. They, too, were quick to jump up and down to let their disapproval be heard.
And yet, I’ve come to realize that the truth will speak for itself. My old small group member and university friend actually had some good points to make in their time, but because they shoved it down people’s throats, they ended up making a menace of themselves rather than expressing an important point.
We need to be careful that we don’t end up like this rioting mass in Acts. If our facts are undeniable, then we just need to live our lives according to our faith principals and the truth will be spoken loud and clear. Let’s allow our actions to speak louder than our words for a change.
Prayer: Lord, it’s so easy to mouth off about our passions, but it’s often a challenge to put them into practice. May we have the tenacity to push past words and let our lives speak of Your love and grace. Amen.
What are you passionate about? How does your life speak of this?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.