Acts 14:1-4 NIVUK
At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. 4 The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.

I’m intrigued by the description of the signs and wonders that accompanied Paul and Barnabus’ speaking. The Holy Spirit was clearly at work in, through and around them at that time. But was he actually doing? We don’t know, although we can speculate that healing was probably a central aspect here as it was elsewhere. It is the word ‘signs’ that intrigues me in particular. The deeds were noteworthy in and of themselves, but it is what they were pointing to that was significant. These signs were not an end but a means to an end, signposting those who witnessed them to the God behind their message of grace.

Spirit, give me courage to speak up for Jesus today and to point to him not just through my words, but also my deeds.

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