After the church in Jerusalem settled the matter of whether Gentiles have to keep circumcision and the Law of Moses, the Jerusalem church wrote a letter back to the church in Antioch, and in other places, with some recommendations. They first declared that the troublemakers did not have the authority or backing of the apostles and elders, and then the church said, “…it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 15:25-26).
Paul, Barnabas, and some others would travel back to Antioch with the letter. Notice one reason why they sent these men with the letter. They had risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, their motives were pure, and they had nothing to gain personally from the conclusion of the letter. To them, Christianity was not about themselves, but about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Examine your thinking today and see how you use Christianity.