Our Daily Bread Devotional 23 December 2021 | How They’ll Know
Read Our Daily Bread devotional today Thursday 23 December 2021 titled How They’ll Know written by Mike Wittmer to enrich your spiritual life.
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Topic: How They’ll Know
The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:26
Today’s Scripture: Acts 11:19–26
“The Gathering” in northern Thailand is an interdenominational, international church. On a recent Sunday, believers in Jesus from Korea, Ghana, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, the US, the Philippines, and other countries came together in a humble, thread-worn hotel conference room. They sang “In Christ Alone” and “I Am a Child of God,” lyrics that were especially poignant in that setting.
No one brings people together like Jesus does. He’s been doing it from the start. In the first century, Antioch contained eighteen different ethnic groups, each living in its own part of the city. When believers first came to Antioch, they spread the word about Jesus “only among Jews” (Acts 11:19). That wasn’t God’s plan for the church, however. Others soon came who “began to speak to Greeks [gentiles] also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus,” and “a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord” (vv. 20–21). People in the city noticed that Jesus was healing centuries of animosity between Jews and Greeks, and they declared this multi-ethnic church should be called “Christians,” or “little Christs” (v. 26).
It can be challenging for us to reach across ethnic, social, and economic boundaries to embrace those different from us. But this difficulty is our opportunity. If it wasn’t hard, we wouldn’t need Jesus to do it. And few would notice we’re following Him. By: Mike Wittmer
Bible in a Year: Nahum 1–3, Revelation 14
REFLECT: Why is it challenging to reach out to those who are different from you? What has Jesus provided to help you do so?
Jesus, may they know I’m a Christian by Your love.
Thank you for reading Our Daily Bread Devotional 23 December 2021 titled How They’ll Know. Have great yuletide season.