Make Your Mark: Week 4 - Day 5
Jesus, open our minds and hearts to hear your word today. Allow us to know your presence and hear your voice and give us the courage to follow you.
Read Acts 4:19:20 (NIV)
“19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
A little background here: Jesus had been crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended. The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and many believed. The believers were together living their “all things in common” life and then Peter and John do their “silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee” healing of the beggar. (Anyone singing that song in their head now?) Then Peter gives his big sermon and the good folks over at the Sanhedrin decide it’s time to have a little chat because they don’t like what’s going on. After a few questions and another sermon by Peter, the Sanhedrin folks gave them a good scolding and told them not to speak or teach any longer in the name of Jesus... and that brings us to the response we see from Peter and John in our scripture passage.
“Don’t speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus”, they said. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They had just witnessed the risen Christ, seen him ascend, been filled with the Holy Spirit, seen thousands come to faith and just performed a miracle through the power of Christ. Did the Sanhedrin really think they were just going to shut it down and go back home and mow the lawn or something? I mean, this thing is happening! They had to be just about to burst at the seams with excitement and passion. No wonder they responded as they did: “we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
They weren’t making something up to speak about or trying to sell something. They were sharing the “good news” of what God had done in and through them. Not only easy, but impossible not to share.
We are to share the “good news” with the world. Jesus said “Be my witnesses.” I don’t know about you but this witnessing thing has always been difficult for me. I never know what to say. I’m never sure my theology is sound. Honestly most the time it feels like I’m trying to sell something. Yuck!
There have been times, though, that I’ve been very comfortable sharing my faith. Those are the times when I’m seeing God at work in my life, or I’m involved in ministry work and God is showing up. It’s exciting. Things are happening. I feel alive and, like Peter and John, it’s hard for me not to talk about what God is doing.
Where are you at in your walk with Christ? Are you in the game? Are you listening for God’s direction and moving when he says move? Are you seeing him work in and around you? If so you may feel like I do in those moments, that you are excited to share the “good news” of what God is doing. So go ahead. Speak out. This is your story. Tell it.
Jesus, we want to know you, but we are weak and are helpless to know you unless you reveal yourself to us. Speak to our hearts and cause us to hunger for the life you desire for us. Show us the “good news” that you are working in and around us and give us words to share it with this world you love so much.