Turn the World on Its Head (Part 1)
I recently read a book entitled “How Christianity Changed the World,” by Alvin J. Schmidt. You may have heard of it. It is a powerful reminder of the overwhelming influence Christianity has had on the world- more than any president, any nation, or any other group of people. It’s not often talked about, but it’s staggering.
Did you know that we have Christianity to thank for:
* the value of human life
* freedom and dignity to women
* brotherly love
* the moral code
And more! When people begin trusting in Jesus Christ, it revolutionizes not only their soul, but also their life, their family, their city, and their world. It overflows in to your actions, speech, and all of your being. It’s what the Bible calls the indwelling Christ- the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Even as early as the book of Acts, Christians were known as having influence throughout the entire world. In fact, they were accused of turning the world on its head!
If you read the account in the book of Acts, chapter 17, Jason and several other followers of Christ were actually dragged from his house and put on trial. Why? Because they were proclaiming the Good News!
Within a matter of years, Christianity had spread throughout the world. The name of Jesus had traveled to distant lands, and Christians had become known for their “unusually holy” lives. They had set a new standard for living, one far beyond that of their counterparts.
So now – 2,000 years later – this is my question: Are we still turning the world on its head? Is your life causing others to question, in a good way, like the early Church? What are you and your ministry doing to stand out? What are you doing to reflect and proclaim Jesus Christ?
To be continued…