Acts 14:19–23 (ESV)
Paul Stoned at Lystra
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went
on with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying
that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
The people of Lystra were excited about Paul and Barnabas, especially after he healed the man who had been lame since birth. Today’s reading shows people coming from Antioch and Iconium and stirred up the people in Lystra and they drag Paul
off and stoned him and left him for dead. It kind of reminds me of the movie Rocky where they are yelling for Apollo Creed, but by the end of the fight, they are yelling for Rocky. It is amazing has fast people change. Paul after being stoned
almost to the point of death, he gets back up and goes back into Lystra. They leave and go to Derbe, but they return and go back through Lystra, Iconium, and to Antioch. All three cities sent people after Paul, yet that did not deter Paul and he
was willing to show up at each of those cities. They appointed elders (pastors) for them in every church and made certain they were committed.
I pray: O Lord, help me to stay true to you and not
changing sides. Help me to be so bold as to return back into places that have rejected me, and not for my gain, but for your gain. Forgive me when I walk away instead of getting back up and returning. I still have a lot of room to grow.