Acts 17 v.34
“Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.”
As we saw yesterday when Paul finished preaching there were those who sneered, others procrastinated but thankfully some did believe.
One of them was called Dionysius who was a member of the Areopagus. Even though there were few others who believed the gospel, this man was willing to openly say that he believed in Jesus and in the resurrection. He wasn’t ashamed to say that he was a believer even when few others did.
Are you like him in that you are willing for others to know that your faith is in Jesus and that you are trusting in him? This isn’t easy because if we are honest we don’t like to be different from other people or for others to know we are different, we like to fit in with the crowd or at least with the people we are friendly with. We might be willing to go to church, but still not actually want to say that we belong to Jesus. Yet if we trust the Lord, we should want others to know we are saved and belong to the Lord.
Dionysius was willing to persevere in his faith, despite all the challenges he faced, he had the desire to live for the Lord even when it wasn’t fashionable. Part of the secret of persevering is when the believer knows how blessed they have been to belong to Jesus and to live for him. So one of the things we need to do to persevere in our faith is to understand in a deeper way the spiritual blessings in Christ that believers have. Do you pray the prayer found in Ephesians 1 vs. 18 – 19 that the Lord will open the eyes of your heart to know the great hope that the Lord has called us to? When we grow in our understanding then we can grow in our knowledge of what Jesus has done for us and we will discover new things that the Lord has blessed us with.
Give thanks to God for all the spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ.
Pray that even through difficulties the Lord will help us to persevere.
Pray that we will be thankful for all the good things he daily gives to us.
Acts 17 v.34