“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
Peter and John were a team in spreading the gospel. They had just healed a lame man that had been that way for 40 years. Everyone knew him and were amazed that he could walk. The leaders got together and tried to discount them and what they had done. They couldn’t argue with the facts. The fact was he was lame, and now he could walk. We need to be ready for opposition when doing anything for Christ. Have your answer prepared with the facts and communicate it the way Christ would have. We discount ourselves when we are defensive.
These leaders were the very same ones that had found Jesus guilty of blasphemy and sent him to Pilate to be crucified. It took courage and strength from the Holy Spirit to stand up to them knowing what they had done to Jesus. I believe they had courage also because there were two of them. A ministry partner to back up the message and to assist as needed. Maybe you haven’t started that project for the Lord because you need help. Who does the Lord bring to mind?
Peter and John were ordinary men. They didn’t have an education. Yet God used them in a powerful way. 5,000 men came to know Christ through their message and the healing of the lame man. That does not include the women and children. Have you been putting off that ministry you’ve been called to because you don’t feel qualified? God will equip you with everything you need. He just needs you to be willing to carry it out.
And don’t you love the last sentence in the verse? They were recognized as men who had been with Jesus. I want people to say that about me! Don’t you? I want people to see that I have been with Jesus every day. In what I say, what I do, where I go and how I live my life.
Let’s not forget that it was Peter who denied Christ. But God went on to use Peter as a catalyst for the message of hope and redemption. I love when you put the words but and God together! Something amazing always happens! Those that have fallen the hardest normally are the ones that go on to do great things for God. Think about Paul. So don’t discount yourself because of your past or failures. God is the master of using all for good!
Pray and ask God where to begin. He loves the small beginnings and to see a work start. He will not fail you. Pray, trust and walk forward into the future God had planned for you before you were born! The Holy Spirit will be your guide!
About the Author
Kim A. Metcalf is a wife, mother, daughter and friend. She has been married to her husband Barry for 18 years and they have two children. She trusted Christ as her personal Savior in October of 1998. God recently called her to leave her job and follow Him. I have a new blog and am watching God grow it by leaps and bounds. She is a breast cancer survivor. She has a heart is to help people truly experience the love of Christ. She found that she had built up so many barriers around her heart to keep her from getting hurt again. She could not receive the love that was being poured out into her. She believes so many of us live defeated lives because we have not accepted the fullness of His love. She so excited to follow God and look forward to what He wants to reveal to us on this journey! Connect with her online at kimametcalf.com | Twitter | Instagram
Great word, Kim! I love that last part of the verse, “They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” I pray that I too will be recognized as one who has been with Jesus!
Kim Metcalf says
Thanks so much! That is my prayer as well!