When one is referred to as a show-off, it often means two things, one is that the person has something or has achieved something that he or she is proud of, and secondly that person is not very reserved about their possession or achievement. But what does a servant have to show off, or should a servant be a show-off?
Acts 16 records the account of a damsel in distress, that had been possessed by the spirit of divination (soothsaying). But when she met the disciples of God, Paul and Silas, she followed them and she cried out “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” for many days. The enemy (spirit of divination) recognizes who the disciples of God are and what they are tasked to do. The enemy recognized that Paul and Silas were servants, but not just anybody’s servants; they were servants of the most high God. And as servants, they were show-offs! They showed of the way of salvation. In other words, they showed-off (or should I say, show-cased) Jesus Christ (THE ONLY way of salvation).
Point(s) to ponder:
1. How does the enemy recognize you/me as? Is it as servants of the most high God?
2. As servants of the most high God, are we show-casing / showing off Jesus Christ, THE ONLY way of salvation?
ACTS 16:16-18 (KJV)
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.