“Men, men,” they shouted, “What on earth are you doing? We are just ordinary humans, with the same nature as you, and we are bringing you the wonderful message that you should turn away from these foolish things to the living God, the one who made heaven and earth and the sea and everything in them.”
Studying through Acts, I am floored by how many times this theme of not putting people on a pedestal keeps coming up. Here it is again.
The people in Lystra, after witnessing the Holy Spirit’s power through Paul and Barnabas, start treating them as if they are Zeus and Hermes. That’s the context for the verse above.
As ministers of the Gospel, we should be putting ourselves in position to be filled with Holy Spirit power in order for it to flow out and heal and bless others.
Also, we need to be ready to correct anyone who may look to us as if we are the originators of this power, and point them to Christ the true originator, as Barnabas and Paul did with their mini sermon in our verse today.
As we have said here before in years past: We’re merely Empowered Powerless Pointers to the Power.