You Want Me to Be DIFFERENT! Really?

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4.13

Every time I read this verse, it seems to jump off the page and grab me by the jugular. Take careful note of what was said about these two men: (1) they were bold; (2) they were uneducated (according to the standards of that day – unlearned and ignorant); (3) there was no mistaking the fact that they had been with Jesus. A few verses later in the chapter, we read this: “let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. (18) And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (19) But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. (20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (vs. 17-20) Their boldness came from the fact that they had walked with the risen Christ and they were CONFIDENT of their message. These words “unlearned and ignorant” simply refer to the fact that they had no FORMAL training – they certainly were NOT unlearned or ignorant.
This last phrase speaks volumes: “they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” I am forced to ask myself whether or not people can see Jesus in my life. Are my words and my actions consistent with a life wholly yielded to God? The compulsion that drove these men was the fact that “they HAD been with Jesus” and they were never the same again. What differences are present in your life that would indicate to this lost world that you have been with Jesus? Oswald Chambers describes a life that is different as being “recklessly abandoned” to God and if He doesn’t show up, we will fail. Think through that statement and pursue a reckless abandonment to God. Just My Thoughts …

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