Today’s Reading | Acts 13
The Power of the Word of God
What is it that brings people to the point of realizing the gospel message is true? Is it seeing or hearing about something spectacular? Would witnessing some great miracle do it? In today’s reading, we see an example of what often causes people to respond to the gospel. Did you notice it? In this chapter, Paul and Barnabas were sharing the gospel with the Proconsul but were being opposed by Elymas. Paul performed a miracle causing blindness to come over him. As Paul expected, the Proconsul was amazed, and the passage tells us that he believed. What convinced him? The miracle? No! According to verse twelve, it was their “teaching”, not the miracle. Often, we think it takes great and dazzling demonstrations of the supernatural to convince people of their need of Christ. “If only we could do miracles like they did in the early church,” we might think. It should encourage us to know that it is the Word of God that transforms lives. Underline the last part of verse twelve to remind you to just share it and allow the power of the Word of God to transform lives! While we can’t perform miracles, we have God’s Word.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?