19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. Acts 19:19-20
One way to significantly depart from the road you’ve been traveling on is to do what these people did. Burning those materials was a public statement of what was going on in their lives. A drachma was about a day’s wages. In today’s dollars it would be close to $3 million US dollars. It’s no wonder the word spread quickly.
So far we’ve seen the Gospel spread through open air evangelism, one on one evangelism, dreams and visions, debate in the synagogues, a man being teleported to the desert, healings, speaking in tongues, prophecies, sorcery scroll burnings, and through other means. And we’re only 2/3 through the Book of Acts.
The message is simple: God will stop at nothing to save people. Think about that as you walk through your day. Nobody in your path today is beyond God’s reach.