Read it! Acts 26
I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
Think it through
Paul was wrong.
Here is guy who followed the Lord according to the strictest sect of Judaism. He was a man of great learning (in fact, Festus thought Paul knew so much that it had driven him crazy!). He was zealous for God. But he was totally, completely wrong about Jesus.
I think of myself as a pretty smart person and I have definite opinions on all kinds of things. I have my weak areas (sports, politics, and cooking instantly spring to mind) but I have many areas of strength as well—things I’ve learned and things I’ve lived. Sometimes I’m sure I get a little over-confident in the area of Christian living.
I’m having a great time writing this blog, but I know it’s highly possible that I’ve made a bunch of mistakes already. I’m not a trained Bible scholar, just a nerdy girl who loves Jesus and the Bible. As I said in my very first post, I’m learning and growing every day. When I start to think that I’ve got it all figured out, I’ve got to remember Paul. If he could be wrong, then I could be wrong a thousand times over.
My Bible’s text note about verse 14 says that “It is hard for you to kick against the goads” essentially means “Buddy, you’re only hurting yourself.” When I’m wrong, God’s not going to change His mind, that’s for sure—so I’m only hurting myself!
To be an effective instrument for God, I’ve got to keep a humble heart and an open mind. I don’t want to miss out on His truth!
Live it like you mean it
Are you holding on to an opinion that you’re sure is right, even though believers around you are challenging you with other opinions? Get out your calendar and set aside a time to prayerfully search—nay, scour—The Word about this topic. What does God have to say about it?
For the last couple of years, I’ve been holding on to a strong opinion about a touchy church subject. Many people agree with my point of view, and many disagree. I read about both sides of the issue online and in books. I spent a lot of time in the Bible finding every verse I could about it. I asked the Lord to convict me if I’m wrong. So far He hasn’t, but I’m still asking when the issue comes up. I want to make sure that I’m not missing out on His blessings—only hurting myself—if I’m wrong!
Lift it up
God, Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts and Your ways are higher than my ways. I cannot begin to comprehend Your glory or Your plan…but I do love learning about You and I want to try to live the life You’re calling me to live. If I’m holding on to a wrong opinion about anything that is of consequence to You, please don’t allow me to keep kicking against the goads! Shake me up! Convict me! Change my mind and heart and make me more like You. Amen.
Tell Me About It
Have you ever been wrong about an important topic? How did God change your mind?
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