Paul Turns to the Gentiles

 44 The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. 45 But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. 47 For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’” 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. 49 So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region 50 Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. 51 So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. 52 And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

We like to be with people who like to be with us. Isn’t this a true statement? Do you look forward to being with someone who doesn’t like being with you? Probably not. It’s human nature, but it might go deeper than that. It seems to be God’s nature as well. God comes to all, and offers everyone the possibility of having relationship with Himself. However, it seems clear that ultimately He spends His time and does His work in and through those who desire to be with Him. What is our desire? To be with Him? I pray that is my desire. I want to be filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. How about you

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