November 9, 2014

4 Lessons Learned from Paul's Beat Down

The very people Paul hoped to pacify in Acts 21, were provoked by his conformity.

Paul understood that Old Testament law has no relevance for salvation ( See: Acts 13:38-39; 15:10-11, Galatians ch. 3 and ch. 4) The interesting thing about Acts 21, is that Paul actually agreed to go along with the request of James, the half brother of Jesus, and the other elders. 

There are a number of assumptions to why Paul agreed to something he himself didn't teach, or agree with. I won't deal with them here because there just assumptions. However, there is a lesson to be learned from this.

In an earlier article, I stated that Paul was always concerned about being an example for others. He never wanted others to think that he was better, or above them. 

Instead, he chose to do what no other apostle in the Bible did, share with us the issues and personal failings in his life and ministry. The apostles were not perfect. They made their share of mistakes. They were human just like you and me

The actions of Paul in Acts 21 was not just a mistake but a learning opportunity.

Here are four lessons we should all learn from Paul's beat down:

  1. Conformity rarely produces godly results. "And be not conformed to this world:" Romans 12:2 KJV. When you say that you are going to do something, do it. Say what you mean and do what you say. Don't pacify weaker believers to satisfy their religious traditions that contradict the gospel and its purpose.
  2. Paul was persecuted (beat down) for going against his own vow: "From now on, I will go preach to the Gentiles.” Acts 18:6 NLT. Seeing all that Paul endured in Acts 21, if you are going to be persecuted let it be for something you believe in.

  3. Stick to what God has called you to do, even if you have to stand alone. Even if it goes against religious traditions. Don't compromise. Don't turn a blind eye, and certainly don't give in.

  4. "If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning." Romans 14:23 NLT  Trust the word of God. 

1 comment:

  1. Very Good! Great lesson to be learned and lived. Compromise is the curse of destiny.