Have you ever found yourself somewhere feeling totally out of place? How did you adapt or react to the situation? How did you feel when you were in that environment?
Paul once found himself miles from Jerusalem in a foreign land (Athens, Greece) and surrounded by idol worshippers. Here is what he had to say to those around him, "For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you." He looked for something he could use to build common ground with those he felt alienated by. As a result, he made new friends and many came to faith that day as a result of his tact and genuine love for others.
Next time we feel out of place, let's pray and ask God to give us wisdom to build common ground with those we may not see eye to eye with. Love others entails taking an interest in their world, even when we feel out of place. We care pressing on in our study of the Books of Acts (This week: Acts 17 - 20).