Studying Acts (part 7)
I have become a bit behind in writing about my studies in Acts. I am finding it very worthwhile to study Acts in depth. During this series of lectures we looked at the quote: ‘If Christ is in a person’s heart they are a missionary. If Christ is not in a person’s heart they are a mission field.’
It was always God’s intention in the Old Testament that the Jews would be a light to the nations so that the nations would be attracted to the one true God when they saw the Jews living peaceable lives, worshipping God and caring for one another.
“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47 (quoting Isaiah 49:6).
Unfortunately the opposite was more often the case. The Jews forsook God and followed the gods of pagan nations. The prophets warned the Jews many times and they were eventually taken into captivity. Many of those who returned became very zealous for the Law of Moses, thinking if they kept the law and all their traditions they would not lose their land again but their hearts were still not right with God. They were more interested in protecting their traditions than they were in reaching out to others. They were more interested in being ‘right’ than doing ‘right’.
For us the mandate is the same, Christians are called to be a light to the nations so when others see us living Christian lives they will want to know about the God that we worship: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Christians are called to be missionaries regardless of where we live and to reach out to those who do not know him.