The Gospel changes things.


Acts 19:18-20 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

One thing we see time and time again in the book of Acts is this: when someone gets a real dose of the Gospel, things change. There’s not really another explanation for it. And they should. But the purpose for reading Scripture is not to see what happened in others’ lives, though that’s a big part of it, but to see what should happen in my life and the lives of those I serve. So the question I must ask myself this morning is simple: what change is the Gospel making in my life?

As for the example in Acts 19, first, these people became bold in their confession of Christ. Secondly, they were willing to confess and change things in their lives that weren’t right. They came together and confessed their wrong. Then, they made necessary changes in their lives that included sacrificing things that needed removed or changed. It was as they did this, that the word of God grew mightily. How is our witness for Christ today? Are we willing to admit when there’s wrong in our lives? Are we willing to sacrifice as we realize areas of our lives that need changed or removed, even if it costs us? Let’s let having the Gospel to do the work in us that it ought to do.

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