Pushed Away

Has anyone ever pushed you away from them physically or verbally while you were trying to help them?  It happened to the Lord, Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia (Turkey).  Great crowds came together to hear the gospel and when the Jews saw this, they began to contradict Paul and blaspheme (slander).  “Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.  For so the Lord has commanded us’ ” (Acts 13:46-47).

The Jews repudiated the gospel, thrust it away, cast it away, pushed it away, in so doing.  By doing so, they judged themselves unworthy of eternal life.  People still do that today.  They thrust Christ and the gospel away, thus rejecting eternal life.  Dear friend, we pray that you will listen, investigate and try to understand God’s message of love, grace and mercy.  Please do not push God away.

Rick Laing

Preacher and elder of Highland Village