Turning the World Upside Down

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.  And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.  And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also…

Acts 17:1-6

These verses tell the story of Paul and Silas doing what they did everywhere they went, preaching and teaching the Lord Jesus Christ.  It also gives us a glimpse into what others thought about them.

In verse 6, the people said this of Paul and Silas: “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.”

They recognized that Paul and Silas had “turned the world upside down.”  They may not have understood everything that Paul and Silas taught and preached about, but they did understand that, after these men came to an area, that area was no longer the same.  They turned the world upside down by turning each city upside down.  They turned each city upside down by turning the hearts of individuals upside down.  They turned the hearts of individuals upside down by preaching the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

The power of the gospel will turn things upside down.  Have we used it to turn our little worlds upside down?

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