“God, I thank you for the power of the gospel. Thank you that it has the power to save and change lives.”
Acts 19.8-10, 23-41
As you read today, think about the power of the gospel. How has that power changed you?
Paul spent two years in the big city of Ephesus teaching people about Jesus. Many believed! They stopped doing evil and started obeying Jesus. Others could see a difference in their lives. Ephesus was changing!
Not everyone liked these changes. Many people had been serving a false god named Artemis. Men like Demetrius made money by selling statues of Artemis. As people turned to Jesus, they stopped buying the statues. Demetrius was angry! He was losing a lot of money. He started a riot that threatened to kill Paul. But God kept Paul safe. The riot ended and the church in Ephesus grew.
As you follow Jesus, he will change you. Others may not like it, but do not be afraid. The gospel cannot be stopped!
Gospel—the good news about Jesus. This message of God has the power to save.