Author : Timmy
‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realised that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.’ (Acts 4:13-14 NIV)
In Acts 4, we see the story of Peter and John in the temple. They are preaching and teaching the message of the cross. They pray for a lame man and he is miraculously healed in front of a crowd of thousands. The Sadducees were ‘greatly disturbed’ by this and threw them in prison. The next day, they were brought before the rulers and elders, again attracting a crowd eager to see how they would be dealt with. In the midst of the ordeal, Peter addresses the people and his captors and is filled with the Holy Spirit. He proclaims the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection and says that the lame man’s healing was, in fact, thanks to this. The lame man is there and it is clear that he has been fully healed as a witness to their testimony. The crowd and the rulers of the temple are amazed.
There is so much to learn from this small part of a massive story. They had boldness – they took the message of Jesus and the cross even to places which, on paper, shouldn’t have gone. Let’s ask God for some boldness today, after all, we are so free compared to Peter and John to worship and proclaim Jesus to anyone, anywhere in our world. They were uneducated and untrained men – they were normal people. Many of us wouldn’t consider ourselves to be educated people. Maybe today, you feel unqualified to share the truth of Jesus, but we see clearly from this that God uses everyone. You’re probably way more qualified than you think. In fact, how many of us, if it were up to us, would choose ourselves for the position we are in? They could say nothing against them because it was obvious that God had moved, i.e. someone was healed. So, are we believing that God’s going to do something in our lives or worlds today? Will it be in a way that people won’t be able even to question that God was here? And the sweetest of all – it was clear to everyone that Peter and John had ‘been with Jesus’. They acted and held themselves and talked in a way that people knew they had been with Jesus. Do your attitudes, your words and your actions show that you have spent time close to Jesus? Is your life fragranced by Him?
So I challenge you today. Let’s, as believers, work on how closely we walk with the one who gave it all for us. Let us make time in our lives – good, quality time – to lean in close to Jesus so that anyone who comes into contact with us knows that we have spent time in his presence. Maybe you feel far from him, so change that, consciously decide to get closer to him and it can flip around in an instant. Maybe you feel unqualified, but you’re more than qualified, Your story, your words, your encouragement – who you are has its vital part to play in the body of Christ. Your voice needs to be heard – so take some time now, ask Jesus to lean in close to you, rest in his presence in this moment, then go into your day – be bold and let who you are be a reflection of time spent with Jesus.