READ: Acts 16:16-34
- In Acts 10 and 11, we see the story of the gospel reaching into a Roman centurion’s home. He’s a man of means and reputation. But when the gospel comes to Macedonia, it seems that it settles in on the fringes. Lydia’s household seems to be a household of means, but she’s still found on the outskirts of town. She’s apparently not a socially noteworthy part of the Philippian society. And the demon-possessed girl is a slave, certainly not socially acceptable.
- The jailor would be Roman, but he lives in the dank recesses of a prison complex. Unlike the centurion, he’s not a leader of 100s, he’s not of means or a man of status. Instead, he’s on the lower rungs of cultural status. His life hangs in the balance of his ability to prevent lowly criminals from escaping. And yet, here is where the gospel also finds good soil and bears fruit.
- No doubt, the gospel is for everyone. But Paul acknowledges that quite often it is not the elite who are the receptive ones. He tells the Corinthian church, “not many were of noble birth” (1 Corinthians 1:16-31). That often seems the case today as well. The wealthy, those of social status, need nothing. They already have it all. But, those on the fringe, from the world of the outsider, the unacceptable, often find the possibility of knowing God and being accepted by Him as quite appealing.
- How would you describe your station in life? How would others describe it?
- How has being a believer impacted your view of life?
- How did your station in life impact your decision for Christ?
PRAY: Commit to not letting anything impede your growth as a believer. Pray for those you know who seem hesitant to respond to Jesus. Pray for the church to be accepting of those who seem to come from the fringe areas of life.