Acts 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
God has been working through Paul and people are turning from their idols to serve God. They have burned idols and magic books. The Word is being preached and there is no small stir about the way. Acts 19:23
An idol maker gets the people together and he reminds the people that it is the worship of Diana that is the source of their wealth. Acts 19:25 This man is concerned because every where Paul goes he is convincing people that there is no god made with human hands. Acts 19:26
This man stirs up the people. He gets them angry so that they begin to chant “Great is Diana!” What I find super interesting is how he promotes and stirs up the crowd to worship Diana but really it is to protect his money, his wealth!
This causes me to ask the question, how many of God’s people are more concerned about how their faith affects the bottom line than about what pleases God. I would be embarrassed to say to people that they should worship my God and that I would defend the temple only to get money yet that is what is happening in this story.
Now I wonder, who comes first in our life, the almighty dollar or the Lord God of Heaven? I wonder how often do we keep our mouth closed about our faith in Jesus Christ because of how it might affect our business? I wonder how often we put our income and retirement before we do the things of God?
Notice how this verse starts; our jobs are in danger, our income, our money is in danger but not only that but our religion. How much of our religion is profit based? How much of our relationship with God is a good luck charm to see if He will bless us in business? How much does our relationship with Jesus Christ affect our business or is it the other way around?
I call on you to examine your priorities. I call on you to put the Lord Jesus first and business, work and money second.