Acts 19:35-41“The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of
is the guardian of
the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? You have brought these men here, though
they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. Ephesus
Continuing Pastor Kyle’s message on thinking once was continuing the Sunday Sermon series through book of Acts. We were looking at the five instances when to think twice before saying yes to an opportunity. (4) When a situation is emotionally stirred and charged. When in the heat of the moment and there is no little disturbance, we need to “chill out”. Paul concern was not about getting his rear kicked, but getting out the Word of God. But an incited and hostile crowd is never good timing for the focus of that fury. Think twice. (5) When a decision is rushed and may actually be opposing God. Proverbs 15:1tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The Ephesian city clerk calmly speaks wisdom and logic that defuses this difficult situation. Remember Acts 5:38-39“For if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;
Kyle gave us three final things to remember: (1) We can prepare ourselves by thinking twice before, or we can pay the price thinking twice after. We can never prepare for every contingency. (2) We always have a choice. We tend to hear what we want to hear, but we always have choices and options to consider. (3) If danger is always my deterrent, than I will never do anything great for Jesus. Danger is synonymous with the Christian job description. Comfortable, safe and happy outside of Christ is not our lot in life. God’s words, God’s works and God’s people are all direction signs. Worldly people will say: “Woo, don’t go there.”, while the Lord is saying: “that is exactly where I want you to go.”
God is our compass. Think twice and respond to God. Follow Jesus and know that God hears the faith in your heart.
In Christ, Brian