For we found this man to be a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
One of the best ways to know whether or not you are sharing the Gospel is resistance. Religion is part of every person. It is sewn throughout the core of man’s soul. We all believe something.
Therefore, when another person monkeys with the belief of another, it strikes at the chords of the soul. The tune a person plays, everything they say or do, comes from what they believe internally. Evangelism is inviting others to sing a new song, one that is from Christ.
So when a believer goes to another person and probes at their beliefs, they are striking chords. Sometimes it can go over well, but often it is like plucking their chords. It can be irritating and annoying to others. This is how the ancient Jewish religious world viewed Paul when he came to share the good news.
When Paul challenged their beliefs, they did not like it. In fact, they wanted to kill Paul. People are very committed to what they believe. Christians need to realize this when they share the Gospel. If we believe we have Good News to share, then we should be careful how we share it. If we are going to pluck at another’s chords, we should be gentle and respectful as possible. And even then, we are still probing at sensitive areas.
At the end of the day, when Christ is shared, no matter what there will probably be resistance. The ancient world didn’t like their beliefs messed with. People today also have difficulty when another challenges their beliefs.