Paul – a disciple of Jesus, a disciple of the way to eternal life …
Demetrius – a disciple of idolatry, hammering away on his gold and silver …
About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” (Acts 19:23-27)
Paul went about preaching Jesus, people responded and reacted. But not everyone was happy with Paul.
Demetrius, a silversmith, was one strong opponent of Paul’s message.
Question – what was Demetrius main concern actually?
Paul preached Jesus the way of salvation and the way to eternal life.
Paul preached about repentance, renewal and transformations of life as according to the plan and purpose of Jesus.
So what was it Demetrius had against Paul?
The answer is in the purpose and intention of his heart.
What about Paul’s purpose and intention of preaching Jesus?
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
Paul continues preaching Jesus and awaiting his own resurrection with Jesus.
Meanwhile Demetrius kept hammering away on his gold and silver, and that was almost 2000 years ago.
Today, there are people like Paul who will be preaching the Gospel of Jesus and looking forward to their resurrection with Jesus.
Today, there are also people like Demetrius who will keep hammering away on their gold and silver.
The purpose and intention of our hearts is key to our own future
Jesus’ promised of eternal life is guaranteed.
Because the tomb where they laid Jesus was empty – it was empty because Jesus was raised from the dead!
The resurrection of Jesus is the infallible proof, evident, guarantee that Jesus is the author and source of eternal life!
If we want that eternal life from Jesus, we need to follow His way, His teaching, and be ready when Jesus returns.
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