This week, we continue with Paul and Barnabas’ first missionary journey to the cities of Iconium, Lystra and Derbe. They had great evangelism success in Iconium. And God confirmed their message as true with many signs and wonders. However, just as before, their success triggered opposition from the unbelieving Jews who then instigated the crowd to rise up against them. They then fled to Lystra and Derbe and continued preaching the gospel there.
In the course of their mission to spread the gospel, Paul and Barnabas faced many violent oppositions and threats on their lives, yet these threats did not stop them from being single-minded in the task that God wanted them to do. Expect opposition when you are part of the Kingdom of God, but press on!
WHAT WILL YOU DO
The spread of the Gospel message is Unstoppable. History has proven it. Paul and Barnabas, Peter and John, missionaries in the field, and those serving God in the fields, persevere in their mission despite intense hardship and persecution with a single-mindedness of fulfilling God’s call on their lives. Are you committed to that single-mindedness of being focused on completing God’s assignment for your life? All believers are on their own missionary journey. Can you stop focusing on the opposition and start looking for what God is doing through you?
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13