“From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples (Acts 14:26-28).”
Guy Laliberte knows how to make the most out of life. Owner of the Cirque Soleil, the billionaire paid 35 million to take a trip into space. He is doing it to publicize a cause dear to his heart (clean water), but he is also having fun doing it. He donned a bulbous clown nose for the trip.
I’ve done a fair amount of traveling the last few years myself. My family and I have lived in 3 different countries, moved around lot, and made some last minute “rocket trips” of our own. Sometimes I think we took ourselves too seriously. Now we are moving again, and this time I want to have some fun with it. Also, I want to serve God’s cause.
The 14th chapter of Acts reads like an exciting travelogue, with the main characters sharing their faith in Christ along the way. In a city called Iconium, Paul and Barnabas led a lot of people to the Lord. But they knew when to get out of town. Their enemies planned on stoning them, so they moved on.
In the next town, Lystra, Paul and Barnabas brought joy into the heart of a crippled man by healing him. The people of the town wanted to throw a big party to celebrate and honor the two men. Unfortunately, they wanted to worship them as gods.
This appalled Paul and Barnabas, and they raised a large protest. It is God who brings you fun and joy, not us, they told the revelers. But the people didn’t take kindly to these two party poopers after that and actually succeeded in stoning Paul this time. However, in an apparent miracle he just got up and walked away and the next day moved on again.
In the new city, Derbe, Paul and Barnabas strengthened the disciples of Jesus and appointed elders in the church. They passed through 4 other towns, preaching the Word along the way, and finally arrived back at where they started. They reported all that had happened to them and stayed there a long time.
I am returning to where it all started for me over 50 years ago. I hope I can stay a long time. I love the area. I would like to have some fun and do the work God wants me to do. And I hope to do some reporting, too.