20 So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect. — Acts 19:20 NLT
We are told in verse one that “God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles.” In verse twenty, we see the reason for this was to spread the Good News about Jesus and the redemption story. The spreading of the Gospel always has a powerful effect on all those that hear. To those that hear and believe, it brings new life. To those who hear but refuse to believe, it brings death. Anytime the name of Jesus is spoken those that hear it must make a decision right then and there. Either they will believe the Good News and receive life or they will refuse to believe and earn their way to hell. When the name of Jesus is spoken with the intent to glorify God, it contains all of the power that was present at the resurrection of Jesus. But when the name of Jesus is spoken with the intention of self-glory or for the mere purpose of gaining wealth, the result is confusion and chaos. Just ask the seven sons of Sveca. God is a God of miracles and miracles are still being performed today. Not all of us are given the power to perform miracles as Paul was. God gives different gifts to members of the body of Christ so that it can be whole and bring glory to Himself. God doesn’t perform miracles on a whim or on demand. Each time we witness a miracle we know that God has a purpose and a plan that requires a miracle to complete the plan. Miracles always affect more than one person. The person receiving the miracle is not the only one touched. Those seeing or listening that are already believers are encouraged and those who do not believe will be drawn to God.