Day 41: The Most Sensible Thing We’ve Ever Heard
Week Five Reflections with Hunter
The Most Sensible Thing We’ve Ever Heard
Leviticus 13-14 and Acts 17. We are reading through the NLT.
They called him a babbler – a teacher of strange things. That was the title given to Paul in Athens, the most sensible place on earth. Paul comes with a message and it is deemed to be babble. How is it that the most sensible rational explanation of this world has become so scrambled? When we hear it today, even the most enlightened among us can interpret it as babble. That’s what they said to Paul when he appeared before the philosophers of Athens. They said, “What’s this babbler trying to say with these strange ideas he’s picked up.?” (Acts 17:18)
It seems as if our minds are so broken that when the truth of God is heard by us we can decode it as babble. Yet, we see in Acts, that the Gospel of Christ can reverse this curse-like virus that turns truth into babble. It really is like a virus has been introduced into the human ecosystem. But the work of God, through the person of Christ, and the spirit of God living in and through us, can reverse the course of this virus. It can heal the software that’s gone so wrong. And we can begin to see and understand and be set free. The Spirit of God can allow us to see the most sensible of things and understand the world for what it really is, not the idol-filled madhouse that it has become. Paul is trying to do this. He is appealing to their minds, showing them this truth, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This Truth he tells them is entirely sensible. It’s the most sensible thing they’d ever heard. However some heard it as babble. But we’re told that others believed. Because of God’s Spirit, they were seeing. And they were about to be sent on a journey of life and freedom.
This God who has no needs, comes to meet our needs - to be free of this blinding virus that keeps us from seeing God. Come and experience freedom and life, here and now.
God is going to judge the world someday, by that One Man that he raised from the dead, that One Man who brings his life to us. We can abide with him and live through his Spirit. The Gospel of Christ dying, being raised to new life, giving us his Spirit now; to some, just seems like babble. But for us who are being set free, it is life. We recognize that the virus that made us blind, was dealt with on the cross. Now we can begin to see what God is like and experience his loving heart. We can begin to know that his grace is for us, free of charge. And it’s not just for us, it’s for all those who will believe and trust in him.
The Spirit of God can decode the babble that you live in and help you see the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus. Allow the Spirit of God to continue his work of correcting the babble virus that you’ve lived with for so long. May you be more free today than you were yesterday. God promises that He will complete the work he has begun in you.