Are You A Roper Holder Today?
Acts 9:23-25 - When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket. NASU
There were some Jews who had listened to him for a few days and now they have heard enough. There is only one thing to do with Saul and that is kill him. It is quite evident that he has lost his mind according to them. They liked Saul when he was persecuting those who believed Jesus to be the Messiah, but now they see him as a traitor.
Their plan was to kill this new messenger of Jesus the Messiah.
Yet, on the other hand, there were some Jews who had listened to him preaching about Jesus and they were glad to hear his conversion story and accept Jesus as the Messiah.
They were bewildered and embarrassed by Saul's knowledge of the scriptures.
Maybe you have gone through a conversion to Jesus and people are bewildered by it.
This happens to a lot of Christians. Your goal is to grow closer to the Lord regardless of what other people think of you.
Don't let this surprise you nor deflate you spiritually when people don't believe in your conversion.
Your plan needs to be to continue to study God's Word and help those who will listen to you.
Can you see all of these disciples working together for a common goal?
Their thoughts must have been we have to save Saul's life because he definitely believes like we do that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
They get Saul to get in the basket (how much faith did that take) and while men lift up the basket with Saul in it there are men holding the ropes as they lower the basket down the wall.
These rope holders are heroes.
Can you imagine for a second if they would have dropped the basket and Saul would have died once he and the basket hit the ground?
Thirteen books of New Testament that were written by Paul would be non-existent and it would be 14 books if you believe Paul is the author of the book of Hebrews, like I do.
These roper holders were playing a bigger part in history of Christianity than they could ever have imagined.
Are you playing a bigger part in Christianity than you are imagining today?
Do you think that any of these rope holders knew that Saul would become the Apostle Paul and write over half of the New Testament that you and I can read everyday?
Whatever you are doing today see yourself as a roper holder.
Vision what you are doing everyday is going to be used by God to make a huge difference in Christianity.
Think on These:
People may doubt what you say, but they'll believe what you do.
Some people entertain ideas; others put them to work.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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