Legal right and privileges

In one village, one gospel team went to preach the gospel. Some young people in the village came and asked them not to preach in their village. One person in the gospel team said, “It is our constitutional right to preach. We will preach.” The youngsters said: “We will not allow you to preach. If you preach, we will destroy your vehicle and other things.” Another from the gospel team shouted: “Who are you to stop us? We will preach.” The youngsters were joined by others in the village, they smashed the vehicle, threw out the literature, and broke the music instruments. The gospel team had to escape with their lives.
Instructions to Apostles: When Lord Jesus Christ sent out the twelve disciples as teams of two people, he gave them few instructions. One instruction was: “And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you. When you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” (Mark 6:11)
Forego rights? Paul was aware of his rights as a Roman Citizen. In Philippi, he chose not to use that legal right when he and Silas were thrown into prison. This led to the conversion of Jailor, his family, and others. (Acts 16:25-31) Sometimes, as guided by the Spirit of God, it is wise to forego rights and privileges.
Use rights? On other occasions, Paul used his rights as a Roman Citizen. When he was about to be whipped after being arrested from the Temple in Jerusalem. Later in Caesarea court before Festus, he appeals to Caesar, not willing to go to Jerusalem for a trial before Sanhedrin. (Acts 21:37-36; 25:10-11)
Spiritual discernment: There is a need for spiritual discernment when, how and what to do legally, socially, and politically in each situation. Paul’s willingness to sacrifice his rights in Philippi led to the conversion of the Jailor and family. God may call his people to surrender their rights for His purpose.
Do I have the discernment to use my privileges wisely for the glory of God?

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