THE WORD FOR TODAY
Acts 19-21 (Click to Read Today’s Word at Biblegateway.com)
Truth for Today
Acts 19:24-25 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade.
Not far from where I live are several casinos. Their existence is a staggering reminder of the cost of gambling in the lives those who struggle making ends meet because of a gambling addiction. Gambling is a billion dollar business. It’s not just gambling that is a profitable business…alcohol, tobacco and pornography round out the list of multi-billion dollar businesses that rip the joy of life out of people.
Consider today’s text. The setting is Ephesus…a city filled with idolatry. For idolatry to be practiced there had to someone who made the idols. Enter, Demetrius, a silversmith. He could smell the roses. He knew that if this thing called the Way…Christianity…spread throughout the city…well his profitable idol business would go under. So he called a summit to talk about this problem and he said to them, “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade.” And as he continued he incited a great riot against Christians.
Wouldn’t it be just awesome if the top executives in gambling, pornography, alcohol and tobacco had to call a summit because the faith of believers in America threatened their company business?
I think the more difficult question…the more convicting question...why aren’t we threatening their business? When my faith in Jesus helped me stop drinking 30 years ago I can only guess at the thousands of dollars that one decision cost the alcohol industry.
I pray for the day in America that the “Demetrius’” of this world go into a panic because believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have put them out of business.
Father, holiness isn’t an option for us…we must be holy because You are Holy…help our walk this day to be Holy before you…In Jesus Name…Amen!!!