No Special Training

Tim Savage

"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)
"Ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures…" That sounds like most of us! Yet, these "ordinary men," Peter and John, faced religious and political leaders, high priests, kings and queens and preached the good news of Jesus Christ even when faced with prison and torture. They were bold, and while they weren't without fear, they understood that sharing the story of Jesus was more important than their personal comfort or safety.

I like the last part of this passage, "They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus." Back when this was written this was a literal recognition of Peter and John physically with Jesus, today, it is a metaphorical relationship between He and us, but it would be cool to be known as men and women who are with Him. We need to be bold at work and in school and on the soccer field and in the grocery store, not in a fanatical, street-corner-screaming way, but in ways that people respect and admire, so as to attract others to Him.
We can't just leave evangelism to the pastors, who are trained in the Scriptures, we must be like Peter and John who lived boldly and understood their priorities. We should lead lives that unmistakably tie us to Christ and shows people the peace and joy that comes from knowing Him. I need to be thinking about what I could do better to have people say, "He must be a Christian," and mean it as a compliment, not a put-down! What could we, the church, the body of Christ, be doing in the community that would improve people's attitudes about us? And what could we do as a Christian world-power, that would help the world to see us in a more attractive light? I think it starts with each and every one of us ordinary people living as great representatives of God.
Dear Heavenly Father,

May I live a life that pleases You. Help me to be an attractive fragrance in my home, at work and in the community to lead others to You. I ask for strength and courage to be bold in representing You.

In Jesus name,


Devotions for January 28

Exodus 21,22
Psalms 12
Acts 4

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