In response to Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, we read here of a striking display of repentance. These folks showed the authenticity of their repentance in a very dramatic way. They burned the books they had used to practice magic arts. Is there a similar purging that needs to happen in our lives? Maybe there are things in your house right now that you need to throw away, or even burn. Are there belongings of yours that have led you into sin again and again, things that have held you in bondage to certain temptations? True repentance may involve getting rid of certain books, certain magazines, certain clothes, certain movies, etc.
Verse 20 is so encouraging to me: “So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.” I believe that true repentance is a critical aspect of revival. We will know that God is working revival among us when believers humble themselves to the point of acknowledging and confessing and forsaking specific sins. Lord, please do this great work among us!