December 8, Tuesday: Bible Story (1)
Scripture Reading—Acts 17:16-18:23
Doing good is good. It is God-like, for God is good. It is Christ-like because Jesus’ life is characterized as, “He went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Good, though, has its limits. Or maybe we should say that our understanding of doing “good” needs to be more biblically centered. The act of being kind and benevolent and gracious to the needs of people is certainly included in doing “good”. But if that’s as far as we go, we’ve not gone far enough. Notice this statement about Paul’s ministry upon arriving in Corinth. He wasn’t at the homeless shelter or serving in a soup kitchen–nothing wrong with those at all. He was “occupied with the word” (18:5) or “wholly absorbed with proclaiming the word” (NET). Do you remember Jesus’ response when informed that a multitude was waiting for him to be healed? “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mk. 1:38). If “good” does not include God’s word, it’s not really good.
Questions to Ponder:
- What provoked Paul’s spirit at Athens? (17:16)
- What does God now command, and of whom? (17:30)
- Whom did Paul meet in Corinth? (18:2)
- What determination did Paul make based on his reception at Corinth? (18:6)