In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas faced severe opposition in Iconium. Jews from Antioch came over and “poisoned the minds” of the people against the message of the gospel. Iconium was a pluralistic city that New Testament scholar John Polhill called a “cultural amalgum”. This city had multiple religions represented. It reminds me of the makeup of Gainesville, FL. Gainesville, home to a great host of university students, is an amalgum of religious culture. The work of the gospel is not always easy in this type of setting.
We see Paul and Barnabas facing this difficulty…so what did they do? Acts 14:3 says that they “stayed a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord.” Faithfulness in difficulty is the challenge for all believers. Whatever you are facing: trying to be a faithful parent, hard-working Chistian businessman, Godly student or some other assignment, you can count on one thing–the road will be tough. We have a biblical example of two believers who stayed faithful in the midst of that difficulty. My prayer is that we would learn by the example of Paul and Barnabas in Iconium.