KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:16 ” Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.”
Apostle Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy to return from Berea. He therefore had a good time to observed the city of Athens critically. He noticed that the city was dominated by idolatry. He did not just notice it but was also stirred by his spirit about this error.
Many people might have lived or visited the same place yet would not have noticed the high degree of idolatry. What made Paul to be stirred up this way? Paul was a man on an assignment for God. He had a sense of duty. He was also prepared to fulfil this assignment for God. Please let’s consider what Paul said in Romans 1:14-15 as follows ” I am a debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians, both to the wise and the unwise. So as much as in me is I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are in Rome also.”
Paul’s statement speaks volumes. He says he is a debtor. He implies wherever I go, I owe these people with the good news, and how can I pay such a debt? He also added; as much as in me is I am ready to preach the Gospel to them. Apostle Paul had a very positive attitude about the task the Lord gave him to do. Get positive today.
Our world is filled with so much challenges and evil. Just look around and you would see young men and women given to drugs and sex. Even among Christians many love their phones more than the word of God. Homosexuality and lesbianism is eating deep into our societies. Money ritual is swallowing our youth. Indeed, there is so much to stir up the spirit of any serious child of God. Have you noticed the deprivation of our world? Are you stirred in your spirit to do something?
Apostle Paul was not only stirred up but did something about the situation. Acts 17:17 reads “Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews and with the devout persons and in the market daily with them that met with him”. Apostle Paul took the truth to the synagogue, the devout persons and daily at the market place We must likewise get to the youth and reason with them from the word as Paul did.
I am a man on an assignment for God. I work His works while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work.
1 Corinthians 9:16” For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
1 Corinthians 9:19 ” For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.”