16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ 18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour. 19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities. 20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’ 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.23After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. (Acts 16:16-24, NRSV)
So Paul got annoyed and told a spirit to leave a young woman. And when this happened she could no longer tell the things others couldn’t, and her owners now couldn’t make any money off of her.
But rather than be happy that she was free from the spirit that held her captive, they were upset at the loss of their income.
Where would you be in this situation, happy for the young woman or made at the loss of your income?
Why do we do the things we do, for the things we get from doing them or allowing them to happen, or do we live our lives to show the love God has for all of us?
What can we do to allow God to move more through our lives?