Reading: Acts 19-20
Summary: Paul’s third journey is dominated by his time spent in Ephesus. This is Paul’s lengthiest stay in any one location as far as the record of Acts is concerned. It becomes a basis of operation for the evangelization of all of Asia, likely including the beginning of many of the congregations of which we later learn in the New Testament. As several of Paul’s epistles are written during the time of his journeys (particularly the second and third), we will turn our attention in our daily reading to these letters—beginning next week—before returning to the historical account of Acts (during the second week of November).
“If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.” (Professor Irwin Corey).
That showed up today in my “Quotes of the Day” widget on my browser’s homepage. In today’s Bible reading, the Christian faith (or we could say the church or the kingdom or Christianity—as used biblically, not popularly) is referred to as “the Way” (Acts 19:9). That’s not the only time this happens (see also Acts 9:2; 19:23; 22:4; 24:14,22).
The word literally and simply means a way, a road, or a path. So the Christian faith is seen as the way to God and life and eternal bliss. The native American’s name for Christianity was “the Jesus road.”
Of course, Jesus famously spoke of two possible roads on which one might travel. One is narrow and restrictive, the other very broad and accommodating. The first, as Jesus said, leads to life, the second to death (Matt. 7:13-14).
Now, back to the quote of the day. Few people take the time to consider where they are going; that is, where the path on which they currently travel in life will take them. Most need to change direction—sounds kind of like repentance, doesn’t it? Most are on the path leading to destruction, Jesus says.
“The Way,” by all means, is the way to go; otherwise we’ll end up where we’re going.