Scripture: “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” Acts 15:19-21 NIV
Observation: New believers needed guidance. The Lord gave some basic instructions for the apostles to share with new believers. He stressed the importance of not making things too difficult for them. The Lord didnt want new believers discouraged by rituals and Paul didn’t want the focus of salvation taken off of Christ. Some of the more mature believers and converted Pharisees had trouble seeing and putting into action what Christ accomplished on the cross.
Application: Once again I’m thinking how critical I can be. I have my preferences on how I like my church, worship and the bible. I need to be sensitive to other believers and what’s important to them.
Prayer: Father you know me. I love you and I recognize you are the only way to have peace in my life. I need your help to see other believers and seekers through your eyes and minister to their needs. That is the most important want in my life to serve others as I would serve you. Amen