Daily Devotion, 4-20-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Shake the Dust Off
Reading: Acts 13:44-52

When I was a little girl, we would go to the family cottage on the river with all of our aunts, uncles and cousins and we had one rule: make sure you "knock the sand off your feet" before you come in the house.  At that time there was lots of sand in the front yard and our parents didn't want us to track it into the house. 
     In today's Bible reading in Acts 13:49-50 it says that Paul and Barnabas were expelled from their region of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and met great resistance from the Jewish leaders because they were witnessing to Gentiles.  The Jewish leaders were stirring up the God-fearing women and the leading men in the city to turn them against Paul and Barnabas,  When they were expelled, it says they "shook the dust off their feet" to warn those who persecuted them and just kept on sharing the gospel in other locations.
     In a way, the expression "knock the dust off your feet" is being used in the same fashion as it was used at the river cottage:  get all that dirt off your feet so the house can remain clean.  Don't let the dirt of persecution and contradiction keep you from entering into and embracing the clean and pure mission of being a disciple and sharing the good news of Jesus with others.  Paul and Barnabus shook the dust off and went on to Iconium and they were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit and spread the word of Jesus to others.  The next time you feel discouraged as you try to share the story of your relationship with Jesus, just shake the dust off your feet and move on to the next place God sends you.

Dear God, thank you for keeping your mission for us clear and clean, and encouraging us to keep moving on when the people we try to share Jesus with reject us.  Help us to know when it is time to shake the dust off our feet and move on to share the good news for those you have prepared to receive it.  In Jesus' name. Amen.


  July 2021  
This Week's Events
Bible Search