“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John . . . . They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13
I want to live an amazing life. That doesn’t mean I want to be a superhero or win a championship ring or accumulate a shelf full of awards for writing. It means I want people to be amazed at all the things that happened through me because they recognize me as one “who had been with Jesus.” Wouldn’t that be amazing?
At the end of my life I want everyone, the people who like me and the people who wished I would just go away, to say “You can’t deny Jim loved Jesus.” The religious leaders looked at the life of Peter and John and could not deny that a miracle had taken place. Acts 4:16 says, “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it.” Try as they might, there was no way they could talk themselves out of seeing a miracle standing before them – a man who had been lame for more than forty years. That’s what I want. I want saints and sinners alike to be able to look at my life and say, “There’s no denying it – the way Jim lived was the way His Savior taught him to live, and everybody who knew him knew it was true. He wasn’t perfect, but you didn’t have to wonder about where his heart and mind was.”
I encourage you to live your life so that when the end comes, people cannot deny that you lived your life for the One who gave His life for you. There will always be people who won’t like you and a few who won’t respect you. I’m sure the Sadducees felt that way about Peter and John. But they couldn’t deny the results of their life. Because they’d spent time with Jesus they were able to give the healing power of Jesus to a lame man and the miracle was undeniable. It wasn’t popular with the rulers and elders, but they couldn’t dismiss it, either. The best they could do was command Peter and John not to speak or teach in Jesus name. Well, good luck with that.
You seen, when you spend time with Jesus you have trouble denying Him. Peter denied Jesus before he fully understood what was taking place, but after the resurrection and the day of Pentecost, Peter was unstoppable in his testimony about his Savior. You couldn’t deny Peter did everything he could to point people to Jesus, and Peter would not allow himself to deny his Savior again. So to the idle threats of the Sanhedrin who warned them not to speak anymore about Jesus, Peter and John reply, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19).
There are Christians in other countries that are willing to face intense persecution for telling people about Jesus, while most Christians in America can’t gather up the courage to invite a friend to church. Peter and John get arrested and when they come out of the pokey they say, “Sorry guys. We’re going right back to the same street corner and continue our story before we were so rudely interrupted.” It was undeniable Who they were serving, and I want it to be undeniable in my life, too.
Hey yeah Jim I had that once. I truly want and feel like I need that in my life, the (no denying he has been with Jesus.) I know that what it takes is spending time with Him in that secret place. Letting Him know how much you need and want Him to be in complete control of your life. I will repent for my weariness & spend more time alone with Him where He can renew my love, & need for Him to be in complete control. I do not even know why I have grown weary in well doing. My Wife always tells me
when I am going through difficult times, (Andy you just need to let Jesus love you.)
And I believe when we let Him love us then we can see the world around us through His eyes & share His love with them easier and bolder. I don’t believe we are saved just to sit at home & enjoy it but so we can share the hope of the gospel with the world around us. I want to be bolder in sharing without turning people away from Him.
I sense in my spirit the Lord calling to me Andy rise up and walk, in all that I have done for you and share the Love that I have shown you with the rest of the people I send into your life. Because I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, I am only ashamed of what I have done with it at times, (which has been little.) Lord help me with this. Thanks for listening, Andy
Perhaps it is time for you to rise up and walk. You’re not the first person to feel guilty for you’re lack of involvement in sharing the Gospel, so you don’t win a unique award. Sorry. Now walk. Do it. You can exercise by thinking about it, and you don’t share the Gospel by accumulating good thoughts about others. Furthermore, you don’t get God to love you more because you behave in ways you think are acceptable. He loves you completely and unconditionally now. Maybe its time to just accept that. And when you do, you might be surprised at the energy you have to just do the right thing.