Turning the World Upside Down by Turning Ourselves Right-side Up

For Lord’s Day, August 19, 2012

Dearly Beloved,

Are you upside down or right side up? 

I was thinking about this question today with the world and myself and the Church related to the following verse:

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; (Act 17:6)

I often am challenged to think about the effect the early Christians had in the New Testament times advancing Christ’s kingdom in their pagan environment.  They turned the world upside down! 

It got me thinking, it’s because the world WAS and is upside down.  In a sense, they were turning the wrong-ended world right side up.  They were proclaiming Christ’s reign over all the world in fact, and that’s a counter-cultural endeavor indeed.  See what follows:

Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.  And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.  (Act 17:7-8)

May you and I turn the world upside down by proclaiming everywhere we go in our heart, speech, and behavior, that “Jesus is Lord!”  Over ourselves, and over the universe, earth, and our nation.  It is a troubling message to those who want to be their own lords (which is every man in fallen Adam).  May we also turn our own selves right side up by turning our old ways upside down and burying them as we put on the new man in Christ each day.  We’ll be so different, people will be troubled, and some, by God’s grace, may just find themselves in a spiritual summersault. 

Semper Reformanda,

Pastor Grant