Having Been With Jesus

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 proponent of education. I worked hard to earn my master’s degree. But it is not our education or our works that give us any clout with God. Everything that we do that represents the Kingdom of God comes from FAITH, what we believe, and His grace (Ephesians 2:8).

Here in this portion of scripture, a man was healed not because of how perfect or smart Peter and John were. Peter and John were ordinary men (Acts 4:13). The lame man was healed because of the BOLDNESS that they displayed. This BOLDNESS was achieved by knowing Jesus and what they knew about Him. If we believe that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today and forever”(Hebrews 13:8), shouldn’t we be displaying the same BOLDNESS that Peter and John did? The sad truth is that religion has changed our beliefs from Jesus being the same to He is no longer the same. From “He changes not”(Malachi 3:6), to – He has changed. The works of Jesus have never been about our abilities or our imperfect lives, but it has always been about knowing Him. The Apostle Paul encourages us “To know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). In knowing Him I will know His power to save, heal, and deliver. As Ambassador’s we simply represent Him and His Kingdom, and our King wants to invade this world with His presence and power. And the great news is, He chose us to do it through. He is just looking for those that know Him well enough to be bold enough to step out in faith and represent Him.

In Knowing Jesus, I will know His power.

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. The closer we get to Jesus the more we will live like Him. Then the works that He said that we are called to will become as natural for us as they were with Him (John 14:12).

Who we spend time with is who we end up emulating.

My prayer for you today is that you will become so desperate for Jesus, that in being with Him, you will become like Him.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”