Throughout the Book of Acts, we see very clear illustrations of Jesus’ disciples taking the path of humility as they live out their mission of bringing the Gospel message to the world.
This week, we explore the passage that describes the first of many acts of great humility lived out by Saul- aka the Apostle Paul.
After he had recovered from his glorious and supernatural encounter with Jesus, Paul immediately went public with his newfound revelation that Jesus is the Christ. For some time, he was able to freely communicate in Damascus, and led many people to Jesus.
However, when his opponents could take it no more, they set up a plot to kill him. They closely watched every entrance to the City to block his escape.
That’s when Paul was lowered over the wall of the City in the dark of night in a basket.
Before meeting Jesus, Paul’s life was about earning honor and accolades. But after meeting Jesus, he would learn how to go lower and lower.
As we seek to follow Jesus more fully, we come to the recognition that we must each go lower and lower. The things we previously thought were beneath us become more and more commonplace as we shift our expectation and commitment from living for us to living for Jesus.
A generation before, John the Baptist had made this proclamation in reference to Jesus: “He must increase, but I must decrease”. Through the pages of the Book of Acts, Paul and the rest of the early disciples lived out this truth in living color. We have the opportunity to do the same.
Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “God Invites Us to Go Lower and Lower” based on Acts 9:23-25.
By the way, the setting of today’s message is the wall around Damascus, Syria. Above is a photograph of the wall as it appears today.