Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Thought of the Day !!

The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
                                   Acts 4:13 (NLT)

Peter and John had been healing and preaching in the Temple and had gotten themselves arrested by the religious rulers.  Once before the council, they spoke up boldly for Jesus, sharing all that the Holy Spirit led to say.

Of key importance in this passage is the fact that the religious leaders noticed how Peter and John were ordinary men.  They had no training in theology or public speaking.  They were Galileans…fishermen…not known as upper class or educated people.  But when they spoke about Jesus, their voices were clear and distinctive.  They spoke with the authority of experts on the subject.  And this all came from God’s Holy Spirit, just as Jesus had predicted beforehand. 

Don't think that speaking the Truth of Jesus (sharing your faith, witnessing, telling others about Chris, etc.) is the duty and responsibility of pastors and missionaries alone.  This is something we're all called to do.  

Another thing that the leaders recognized was that these men had been with Jesus.  Do people recognize that you have been with Jesus?  Or do you blend in to the culture around you?

In the love of Christ,



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