Please read Acts 15:22-41, Acts 16, and Acts 17:1-15. I love how Paul continues the ministry of Jesus – it is such an example to us today, as we are also continuing the ministry of Jesus, striving to do those “greater works” (John 14:12) that He said we would do. What’s your highlight today?
I love Acts 15:28-29, but especially this phrase:
“to lay upon you no greater burden than necessary” Acts 15:28 NKJV
It follows then, the way Paul presents this concept, that there ARE necessary burdens to your Christian walk. This life isn’t always easy (God certainly never promises ease). Sometimes we associate “struggle” with the word “stop”. If something is too hard, we quit. If something seems a heavy burden, then we justify with “well, maybe I wasn’t supposed to do this in the first place”. There will be hardships, there will be struggles, there may even be pain – but those should not be misinterpreted as signals to stop. Remember that Even Jesus warned us: “In this world, you will have trouble” – and then immediately: “but take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33). Don’t quit, my friend.
A few little highlights: Paul “rejoiced over its encouragement” (15:31), and he went “strengthening the churches” – what a beautiful commentary on his ministry. What a goal for us: we should be strengthening each other in the faith and rejoicing in everyone’s victories (not only our own). Paul depended on the guidance of the Holy Spirit: “but the Spirit did not permit them” (16:7), we must do the same. 17:11 says they searched the Scriptures daily – we can do that too, and we should.