Acts 17:6b “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”
At church this past week, the pastor gave a sermon about this verse. Turning the world upside down. Christ’s apostles may have seemed little more than lemmings during His ministry, but the Holy Spirit did something incredible with them. Suddenly, this ragtag group of cowards hiding in a locked room after Jesus’ death were turning the world upside down with Christ’s Gospel.
I’ll spare you the history lesson, but you don’t need it to look around you and see that they truly did turn the world upside down. They took Christ’s command to go to all nations completely seriously. Countless lives have been changed by the Holy Spirit since then.
But I don’t think the disciples turned the world upside down. I think they turned it right side up.
After all, humanity was not created sinful. We were made in God’s image and there is no sin in God. Our covenant with Christ brings us back to Him. Back to where we belong.
My theology teacher made the point that all of Christ’s “miracles” were small samplings of Him fixing this earth; restoring it to its rightful purpose. When He died for our sins, he turned us right side up again in our relationships with God. Through Jesus, God doesn’t look at us and see someone who is turned around and hopelessly lost, but someone who is oriented, found in Him.
But the whole world is not yet standing on their feet. There are still billions of people who are lost and upside down. They don’t have their bearings yet. So that’s our job. We need the Holy Spirit’s strength and guidance to set them on their feet.
So I’d like to challenge you, not to turn the world upside down as you go about your life, but to turn it right side up.