Acts 4:13,14– “Now when they saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated, ORDINARY men, they were astonished. And they realized that they HAD BEEN WITH JESUS. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them there was nothing that they could say against it (them).”
I love this portion of scripture because it gives me great hope and expectation. Usually, we believe that we are not good enough or smart enough to be used by God. Nothing against education, I am a true proponent of education. I worked hard to earn my master’s degree. But it is not our education or our own personal works of righteousness that give us any clout with God. Everything that we do that represents the Kingdom of God comes through faith, BOLDNESS and His grace.
Here in this portion of scripture, a man was healed not because of how smart Peter and John were. But rather because of the BOLDNESS that they displayed. This BOLDNESS was achieved by knowing the person of Jesus and because of what they knew about Him. If we really believe that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today & forever,” shouldn’t we be displaying the same BOLDNESS that Peter and John did? The works of Jesus is never about our abilities or our imperfect life’s. As Ambassador’s we simply represent a Kingdom that’s not of this world whose King wants to invade this world with His presence and power. He is just looking for those that know Him well enough to be bold enough to step out in faith and represent Him.
The ingredient that was the cause for such a display of BOLDNESS is the truth that “they had been with Jesus.” This is the same invitation that we all have been given. So, we must ask ourselves, who have I been with or who am I giving my time and focus? The simple truth is this, who we spend our time with is who we end up emulating. This act of BOLDNESS which produced a miracle was not achieved through any power of their own but only because of who they knew and through having been with Him. The Kingdom of God is not about achieving, it is about receiving. Our activity for God is meant to only flow out of our intimacy with God. Being “with Him” is how that intimacy is cultivated. In Mark 3 Jesus calls the twelve, just like He calls us so that we can be “with Him.” And in the process of being “with Him,” the disciples fell in love with Him, as will we. And out of this type of love flows the heart to be like Him and to represent Him.
My prayer for you today is that you will become so desperate for Jesus that in being with Him, that you will become like Him.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”