They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said. –Acts 14:21, 22
The Scriptures says in Acts 14 that a great revival was taking place among the people to whom Paul and Barnabas were preaching. Scores of people were putting their faith in Christ and being transformed by the power of the gospel. When I read this I think about how wonderful it would be if we saw a similar movement in the world today. Would not it a great blessing to see thousands of people in our communities coming to faith in Jesus Christ? When followers of Jesus Christ begin to pray earnestly for a movement of God’s Spirit the result is revival; people will come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Along with prayer comes a diligent sharing of our faith. Paul and Barnabas had been preaching and speaking openly about what Christ has done for them. I have a concern that many Christians today are not talking about their faith. When something good happens to us a natural result is that we want to tell someone. The gospel means “good news.” Coming to faith in Jesus Christ is the best thing that could ever happen to us. Why would we want to keep it to ourselves? We are called, like Paul and Barnabas, to tell others that they too may come to faith in the Lord.
Some questions I have posed a number of times recently regarding the sharing of the gospel are: If not us, who? If not now, when? What are we waiting for? Jesus has called us to go and tell. He has commissioned us to share the good news that salvation is found in Him.
Let us not delay, but rather let us be faithful to the task of telling others. May we also earnestly pray that a great movement of God’s Spirit will take place, and that souls will come into the kingdom of God.
Pray that it will happen, and pray that God will empower us to do what He has called us to do.