By Greg Laurie
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
The 18th-century preacher John Wesley once wrote to a fellow believer, “Give me one hundred who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen. Such alone will shake the gates of hell, and set up the kingdom of heaven upon earth.”
It reminds me of the complaint an angry mob in Thessalonica brought to the city leaders: “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6 NLT).
Although this was a criticism, it was a supreme compliment as well. It acknowledged the impact that Paul and Silas were making on their first-century world.