Acts 17:6-7a – When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also; and Jason has welcomed them…”
The agitators in this passage were looking for Paul and Silas. These two missionaries had a calling from God to share the Gospel with Gentiles (non-Jews) all around the area. As you can see here, they stirred up plenty of hatred and disdain because of the name of Christ. They had been run out of town, disparaged, threatened, beaten, and almost killed, but they pressed on still. What will be said of you after you leave a city? Paul and Silas were accused of “upset[ting] the world” with the message of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. What a great legacy: changing the world! When we first submitted our lives to the Lord, for many of us, that was our passion: to change the world for His name. But it does not take long before the world drums that idea out of our heads. Unfortunately, the church doesn’t exactly breed that kind of confidence into the body of Christ either. If no one else tells you this, let me. You CAN change the world for the Lord! You have been called for a purpose, and nothing should slow you down. Do not allow people with small dreams and limited expectations to hold you back from your passion. If God called you to it, go for it. If you believe you can shake the world with the Gospel message, do it for His glory. God is the only one who can slow you down or deter you. (He stopped Paul from going to Asia and Bithynia in Acts 16:6-7.) Your authority is God almighty. Your guide is the Holy Spirit. And your motivation is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Use the Word of God as your fuel to ‘upset the world’ and never allow the people around you (believers or not) to dissuade your passion.