not always welcomed
Acts 17:1-9 (JDV)
Acts 17:1 After they passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
Acts 17:2 As usual, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days made speeches for them from the Scriptures,
Acts 17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to endure these things and to get up from the dead: “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah.”
Acts 17:4 Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, including a large number of God-fearing Greeks, as well as a number of the leading women.
Acts 17:5 But the Jews became envious, and they brought together some evil men from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. Attacking Jason’s house, they searched for them to bring them out to the public assembly.
Acts 17:6 When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too,
Acts 17:7 and Jason has welcomed them. They are all acting contrary to Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king– Jesus.”
Acts 17:8 The crowd and city officials who heard these things were agitated.
Acts 17:9 After taking a security bond from Jason and the others, they let them go.
not always welcomed
A few years ago, our Bible College in the Philippines had gone into a distant village to share the gospel. We were invited to play a basketball game with the local village team, and the village graciously allowed one of our students to preach a message during half-time. We even had a few from the village who wanted to hear more after the game, and some who wanted to start a church. But there already was a Catholic church in the village, and the local priest was concerned about what we were doing. He asked to speak with the professors after the game.
This was a rather mild incident compared to what was experienced in Thessalonica. But it was a reminder for us of the cost of sharing the gospel — that it would not always be welcomed, no matter what our intentions.
Lord, give us the courage to share, regardless of the welcome we receive.