Quick Thought – Friday, June 30, 2017

Read

Acts 12:6-17

They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”
Acts 12:15

Reflect

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong aren’t known for doing biblical comedy, but there’s one routine of theirs that reminds me a lot of today’s scripture. Allow me to take a little liberty and introduce you to “Peter’s not here”:

(Knock, knock, knock)
MARY: Who is it?
PETER: It’s me, Peter. Open up – I just escaped from jail.
(Pause)
MARY: Who is it?
PETER: It’s me, Peter. Open up – I just escaped from jail.
MARY: Who?
PETER: It’s Peter. Open up. I think the guards saw me coming here.
(Pause)
MARY: Who is it?
PETER: It’s Peter! Will you open up? I just escaped from jail!
MARY: Who?
PETER: Peter! C’mon, open up!
(Pause)
MARY: Peter?
PETER: Yeah. It’s Peter. C’mon, open up. I think the guards saw me.
(Pause)
MARY: Peter’s not here.

The truth isn’t too far from the comedy. Peter was in jail and an angel set him free. Once he was out, he went to the house of some friends and knocked. Rhoda, the servant, recognized his voice at the door. (She didn’t open it immediately because the Jewish leaders would happily come in and arrest a home full of believing Christians.) Rhoda told the others, but they said she was crazy, and even suggested that it might be the ghost of Peter, come back to haunt them.

Sometimes, people will tell you you’re crazy, even though you’re sure you’re doing the right thing. Christians are often told that we’re strange or weird or crazy or foolish. But the things this world sees as worthwhile are often foolish in God’s eyes, and vice versa. For example, God says that chasing after money doesn’t mean much in His Kingdom. But that’s what too many people are doing – trying to get rich, and forgetting God in the process. But the Lord values being spiritually rich – having a heart full of His Spirit and all of the gifts that come with it.

This week, you might be called names or treated badly because of your belief in God. Stand your ground, and pray for His strength to do what’s right, no matter what anyone else says.

Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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