Where disciples of Jesus go, things don’t stay the same.

“These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here.” [Acts 17:6]

In various translations of the above scripture, these early Christians are described as those who have turned the world upside down, have been disturbing the peace, and have subverted the state of the world. These phrases get to the heart of what was happening. In the original language the same verb, which means “to stir up, excite, or unsettle,” is used twice in this single sentence.

The point? Where disciples of Jesus go, things don’t stay the same. The status quo is disrupted. Old orders are upset. What’s accepted as normal is brought into question. The Good News is news, and news means new, means change.


This world can get upside down and backwards. Our work is to set it right again, on heart at a time. (Tweet this.)


Ask yourself: What change do I bring with me wherever I go?

We pray: “Lord, wherever I go may my arrival make a difference for You.”

(from Keepers of the Way)