“A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” Acts 19.19-20
The books given up were worth millions and millions of dollars. Those who gave up trying to control the world through their trick and trust God made a huge economic decision. Acts 19 also details a riot of folks who made their money off idol worship.
Most people don’t even know why they are riotously upset at the Christian faith but often because following Christ involves an economic cost. To pick up the cross to follow Jesus means a financial cost to you. You have to give up income or wealth that is at odds with God’s Kingdom. But how does that compare with God giving the treasure of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).
The sorcerers gave up a wicked treasure worth millions to have the grace and peace of Christ. How about you?
I feel like a big sleeping bear being poked repeatedly. Not wanting to wake up
I hope we are talking about a bear to come out of hibernation into waking up to the LORD’s presence – and not about just poking a sleeping bear with a stick. 🙂