Over my 25 years as a Christian, I couldn’t count the times that I have said that after the day of Pentecost Peter and the disciples turned the world upside down with right-side-up principles.
Just recently the Lord gave me a new revelation that turned that thought upside down. They actually turned the world right side up with upside-down principles. Isaiah would write in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
You see, the world was already upside down. The disciples turned it right side up with upside-down principles. What do I mean by upside-down principles? Here are just a few. Please note that they were all spoken by Jesus himself.
Mark 9:35: “And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.’ ”
Luke 9:46: “Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.” Jesus answered in Luke 9:48: “For he who is least among you all will be greatest.”
Matthew 10:39: “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Luke 14:11: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Those principles went against the grain of the Pharisees of his day. They go against the culture of the world today, and they go against our own fleshly nature. I believe with all my heart that the disciples exhibited those principles and they turned the world right side up. Centuries later, through tradition, ritual, religion, idols and man’s own wicked heart, the world is upside down again. You don’t have to be a Christian to see that.
As Christians we are being called as his ambassadors, his ministers of reconciliation, his body, to go out and turn the world right side up again. To do this we need to exhibit, as the disciples did, these upside-down principles. No one said it would be easy, as a matter of fact it is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. Our flesh will always oppose these principles. I believe that is why Jesus said in Matthew 9:37: “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
I will ask you what the Lord has asked me. As Christians, “What are you doing to help turn the world right side up?” “Are you exhibiting these principles?”
Evangelist Nick Hasselstrom is pastor at ROXY 714 on Main Street in Lewiston, a partner of Cross Tied Ministries.