There should be no doubt in our minds that we are being watched very closely by the world to see if our life-style and words agree. This was true of the Early Church. Not long after the Spirit came at Pentecost and the Apostles were speaking in His power as well as working miracles, persecution was thrust in their face. Their reaction to this treatment was being carefully observed by those inflicting the suffering.
What amazed people and rulers alike was that no retaliation or vindictive behavior was found with the Christians, but rather, they became even more bold as the Holy Spirit filled them (Acts 4:8-12). “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished” (4:13). How could such a radical change take place in these “common men”? The answer is found in the next phrase of this verse; “And they recognized that they had been with Jesus”.
No one can frequent the presence of Jesus and not be transformed to such a degree that others see the likeness of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). When we make intimacy with Jesus the ONE THING THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT in our lives, it will speak louder than our words. In the case of Peter and John, the rulers of the temple “had nothing to say in opposition” (4:14).
When we KEEP THE ONE THING THE ONE THING, our witness will carry the power of God and the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11). Does your time with Jesus reflect HIM to others?
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