We are half way through Acts. Acts 14 tells of more stories of spreading the gospel and people becoming believers. It also shows how the early church had growing pains. Some of the Gentiles were still involved with Roman Gods, and called Paul and Barnabas by their god’s names. “When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.” Paul and Barnabas tried to tell the crowds they were only human – “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.”
In the end of Acts 14 – Paul and Barnabas traveled to many cities and preached the Gospel and they had great success.
It isn’t easy being a Christian and it isn’t easy to preach the gospel to people who are worshiping other things. We have the same issues today. Even among believers we have people who are in the faith, that have little faith in God. We do not trust him to lead us and to serve him.
May reading Acts 14 give us the courage to share the Gospel with non-Christians and even baby Christians that need the strength to continue in their faith.