If you and I had been among the early Christians forced to leave Jerusalem because of persecution (Acts 8:1), what would we have said to our new neighbors? Would I have talked about how much I missed the church where I used to go? Perhaps I would have said nothing at all because of fear.
Would I have complained about how hard it was on the kids to start over in a new place? Probably so!
Yet we do not read of even a hint of complaint among those displaced Christians — only an eagerness to continue talking about Christ. After being “scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria,” they “went everywhere preaching the Word” (Acts 8:1,4).
What began in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost was not tied to geography, peace, comfort, convenience or prosperity. The good news was preached and it spread throughout the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:23).
When difficult circumstances come in our lives — whether a lost job, some family need, sickness, or even relocation to another city, state, or country — can we still see the urgent need to be Christians? Let each of us be like those early Christians, willing to accept their difficulties and joyfully proclaiming His Word wherever we are.
Shane Williams preaches at Sutton Lane church of Christ in Mayfield.