Acts 6:10 – And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
Take an extra moment of time and read closely the Acts passage in our Manna for Today. What is expressed there is so vitally important to the 21st century believer. With so much emphasis in today’s church being of issues like technology, being user friendly and seeker sensitive, and seeking to attract new-comers to our churches through the use of all kinds of modern introductions, I believe we may, in many, if not most cases, be missing the mark completely. No, I am in no way against the use and implementation of tools, technology, and trends in an effort to reach more people with the Gospel. After all, if you’re reading this, it is because of the use of modern technology. What I DO see happening is using such tools, tech, and trends as a replacement FOR the dynamic truth of God’s Word as opposed to making them a means for delivery of the same. Once again, I refer you to our Text for Today and the Acts passage from which it comes.
We read that “Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” To hear many speak of this, it would seem that “wonders and miracles” should be enough to draw folks to the kingdom. But, from the text we realize that “wonders and miracles” alone were resisted by the religious minds of the day. You see, “wonders and miracles” do not build faith. SEEING does not build faith. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
My friend, I exhort you to use EVERY tool at your disposal for the work of the kingdom of God. Use every ounce of technology that you can obtain and use well. And yes, use even the trends of the time if you can do so without violating the integrity of the Scriptures. Use them all, BUT never, Never, NEVER allow them to even come close to being a substitute for the preaching and proclaiming of the unchangeable, unalterable, supernatural Word of God. Note closely that the passages we examine today do not say that those who fought against what God was doing could not resist the “wonders and miracles.” Such can indeed be resisted. Consider Moses before the magicians of Pharaoh. But we DO SEE something that NO power can resist. Our Text for Today DOES say that “they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” The Word of God is “spirit and life.” The Word of God “heals and delivers.” The Word of God is “the power of God unto salvation,” and He is “upholding all things by the Word of His power.”
Manna for Today – Acts 6:8-15; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 55:8-13; Zechariah 4:6; Romans 10:17; John 6:63; Hebrews 1:3