Every Sunday I meet after church with a small group to study the Bible and right now we have started walking through the book of Acts.
One story in chapter 4 of that book really makes me stop and examine my own Christian witness.
Peter and John had been brought before the religious leaders who were disturbed at the message they were sharing with the people. A message that Jesus had risen from the dead. A message of hope for salvation in those who believed their report.
After careful questioning they ordered them to never speak or teach again in the name of Jesus. They answered that “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard. “
History tells us that they did not stop but later it is reported that in Thessalonica it was said of the followers of Jesus “they have turned the world upside down.”
What caught my eye in this passage of scripture is the religious leaders description of Peter and John. They were amazed at the boldness of these ordinary men who had no special training in theology. They recognized these two as men who had “been with Jesus.”
How was it these ordinary fishermen became bold and successful messengers of the Good News that Jesus Christ died and rose again and that belief in Him led to salvation?
They had spent time with Jesus.
Examination of my own life makes me question.
Does my witness to the goodness of Jesus reflect that I have spent time with Him?
My language, my attitude, my compassion, my awareness of the needs of others, how I spent my time and my money – would people say of me that “she has been with Jesus”?
That is my prayer today.
Heavenly Father, help me to spend time with you – in Your Word, in Your house, with fellow believers, in quiet times of worship. Help me turn off the television, the internet, stop fussing about having a perfect house. Keep me from the things that would distract me from time with you. Then, help live in practice of what I profess to believe. Help me treat others so that they will know I have been with You.