CHALLENGE 4 | Turn the World Upside Down

If you haven’t read the post from Monday, here is a quick summary. By God’s grace alone, we are entering our 4th year as “Come Awake.” As a celebration, we wanted to refocus our commitment to his infallible Word! Each day of this week we are posting a new challenge, and the first person to comment correctly in response to the challenge will be rewarded with a personalized Come Awake gift! Before we get into the final challenge, let’s spend a moment in the Word.

In our first challenge, we learned much about Paul and his anti-Christian roots, and we learned that he embarked on many missionary journey’s after vividly encountering and being saved by the Lord Jesus. In Acts 15, Paul embarked on his second recorded journey with his cohort, Barnabas. Their intent was to revisit the brothers and sisters that had been established in the cities from their first recorded journey in Acts, but because of creative differences, Paul and Barnabas parted ways and embarked on separate journeys; Barnabas traveled with Mark, and Paul with Silas.

Eventually Paul and Silas found their way to Greece, and in Chapter 17, they landed in Thessalonica. This was their encounter at the synagogue of the Jews in Thessalonica:

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,” | Acts 17:2-6

Wow. What an honor.

Is your passion for Him so great that it is unmistakable? Is your desire to know Him steadfast and unwavering? Are you a blinding light for Him in this dark and depraved world? Are you bold and always ready to speak of the hope that is within you? Are you overflowing with His eternal grace and love? Do you want to be? Do you want people to look at you and say that you are turning this world upside down for Christ?! 

Who is your favorite person in the Bible that turned the world upside down for Christ and why?

Guidelines: Everyone is a winner on this one. 🙂

6 thoughts on “CHALLENGE 4 | Turn the World Upside Down

  1. I would say my favorite character would be Esther. She turned the world to Christ, she knew the risks she was going to make by going into the Kings’ room without permission and still did it anyway risking her life. (The whole book of Esther 🙂

  2. This may surprise you and maybe a stretch for some because it comes from the Old Testament. For me RAHAB is that revolutionary person and as a woman, a wonderful example of one who is on fire for the Lord God Jehovah. She was an outsider, not of the selected stock, lowest of the low among her own people, but she knew the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE in her heart and acted on it boldly, purposefully, and adamantly. Yes! RAHAB is one who saw the redemption of a gracious God in a Pre-Christ era making relevant how God sees the heart of a person and marks him or her for His purposes. Praise be to the Lord for this wonderful human role-model!

  3. ooo I have way too many favorite people in the Bible, but this week I think it’s Peter. His life and transformation are such a testament to how He makes all things new. Peter is a great example of how the Lord uses us, despite our faults because in the end it’s not about how “good” we are, but the finished work on the cross. Peter denies Christ in front of a servant girl because he’s afraid of future ridicule he might face. Yet, in Acts he’s part of the same group that were rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. He, as well as the disciples don’t fear their lives or reputation in the world, other than to make Him known. That transformation, that boldness is the work of the Lord in his life, and that has been a great encouragement to me this week. Praise the Lord that He truly makes us new!

  4. Without a doubt, my favorite person in the Word, other than our sweet Savior, has to be Stephen. His love for the Lord outweighed his fear for the crowds. Despite the retributions of following Christ, Stephen still denied himself and took up the cross. Also, because of Stephen’s death, and the great persecution that arose in Jerusalem, many of the believers scattered throughout the region. Because of this, the Word of God was able to go into all the lands. Stephen’s love for the Lord and willingness to lay down his own life for the sake of the Gospel allowed him to be a catalyst in spreading the Good News. But over all these things, Stephen is my favorite Bible character because he embodies what a life surrendered to Christ looks like. A life that is willing to give all in order to gain All!

  5. Joshua because he stands as one of the clearest glimpses of Christ we get in the OT. Joshua serves and leads God’s people into victory that could not be accomplished by anyone other than God. He shows us the victorious Christ, who leads His people into triumph over evil, brings us into an inheritance that is undeserved.
    Caleb because he remains faithful to the Lord and His promises, and in his old age asks as his inheritance for an uphill battle against giants, and through the Lord takes possession of what is his, then gives his daughter a name and a place of her own in the land.
    Jael because she is stinking awesome! One rad lady! To protect her home and family, and to obey the Lord she is generous to her husband’s ally, then drives a death blow to his head, becoming a woman who Deborah prophecied.
    And Jeremiah. A man whose ministry was of grief and opposition from the Lord’s own people, yet he speaks of what was to come with boldness. In the midst of accusations and malignment, he held fast to the word of truth that he had been entrusted with.
    This also reminds me of Hebrews: And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of  David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
    Hebrews 11:32-40 NKJV

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