If you have ever been canoeing in a popular floating river, you are destined to see something floating past you in the water that once belonged somewhere else. Perhaps you've seen a lonely flipflop floating by that was lost when another canoe tipped over. In the scurrying to gather everything back into the canoe, this flipflop drifted off. Never to be connected with its owner again. The question that we will get into today from Acts 5 is, "What will happen to the message of the Cross, if the disciples are no longer being persecuted by the Jewish leaders?" Will the Gospel message drift off away from them or will they continue to carry the torch? Take a look:
33 When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them.34 But one member, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert in religious law and respected by all the people, stood up and ordered that the men be sent outside the council chamber for a while. 35 Then he said to his colleagues, “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men! 36 Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About 400 others joined him, but he was killed, and all his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to nothing. 37 After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got people to follow him, but he was killed, too, and all his followers were scattered.
38 “So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”
40 The others accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go.
41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. 42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”
What would your life look like if it was left alone? Would it drift towards positive relationships? Would it drift towards serving others? Would there be a passion or a drive to serve Jesus? Or would you drift towards isolation and loneliness? Would your thoughts become more self-focused and self-seeking? There are times in life when we rely on others around us to determine our attitude and motivation levels. The challenge for today, and every day, is to seek Jesus to allow him to help us think clearly, see clearly, and care deeply. Drift towards love!
With sincere love for each of you,