While the Acts of the Apostles is a history book of the early church, it also reads, at least to me, like a revolutionary call to action by a revolutionary named Jesus who is the resurrected Christ.
Throughout history, established governments and political systems have been overthrown by revolutions, usually rising up from we the people. Examples include the French Revolution and the American Revolution. The Industrial Revolution brought about radical change in the business sector of the American economy. Some say we’ve experienced a technology revolution in the last fifty or sixty years.
However, Jesus was a revolutionary of a different kind. He didn’t command an army, run for political office, write a book, invent a product, or start a booming business. He never went to college, had a big family, or lived in a large city. Rather, His teaching was revolutionary and His kingdom was truly out of this world.
Dallas Willard wrote a book about putting on the character of Christ and titled it Revolution of the Heart. Jesus is a revolutionary that travels into the deep and unseen recesses of the human heart. His goal is not only to rescue us from the penalty of sin but also from the power of sin, to change us from the inside out so that we become more like Him. Has He revolutionized your heart?
Jesus's goal is also to revolutionize your purpose, mission, and destiny in life. For example, Jesus once said to a Galilean fisherman named Peter, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Through many ups and downs in Peter’s life, including his disappointing denials, Jesus transformed Him into one of the great leaders in the early church. How God used Peter to fulfill the purpose and mission of God is a fascinating read in the Acts of the Apostles.
Have you fully embraced the revolution of Jesus Christ?