I want to present this statement in a positive context which we find in the early development of the church. Powerful preaching of Jesus was convicting souls of thousands who were being saved daily and added to the church. The Lord was using the apostle to heal a man lame from birth. These men were standing up to the religious authorities who tried to shut their mouths from presenting the gospel of God’s grace.
At the same time, there was a silent voice that spoke just as loudly as the apostle’s preaching. The following is an astonishing observation; “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13). Though these men were not marked by the popular success stories of the times, their lives were a living manifestation of Christ. Three and a half years walking with their Master was suddenly kindled with light and power by the Holy Spirit. They could not hide their close association with the Founder and Builder of the church.
The characteristics and marks of our lives are being watched by the world. What would they say about us? Does our time in the Lord’s presence transform us into a living portrait of Christ for the world to see? When people saw the fruit of Christ in their lives, the opposition had nothing to say.