"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 4:13Recently hearing a sermon on the above passage, it made me think, is Jesus all over everything you do? These two men had just told a man of 40 years to get up, in Jesus name and he did! Obviously, this was an amazing thing for the man and his friends, but we find in scripture some folks were, "greatly annoyed," (Acts 4:2).
I can tell you, folks are still becoming "greatly annoyed," with Christians - in and outside the church. The only answer is Jesus.
- Physical violence does not solve the problem.
- Hateful words do not solve the problem.
- Gossiping to your BFF (best friend forever) does not solve the problem.
- Backstabbing someone does not solve your problems.
- Arguing till you're blue in the face does not solve the problem.
It was so obvious, even to those annoyed, that these men were Christ-like. Just the very presense and proclamation that it was Jesus who healed this man, took there guard down and there was response was, "What shall we do with these men?"
Can you imagine those annoyed standing around looking at one another asking one another, "What shall we do with these men?"
When Jesus is in it, He is going to protect you and I. Let those whom you may have annoyed see Jesus and not you.
What if they miss seeing Jesus? Take it to Him in prayer: "For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer," Psalm 109:2-4.
Concerning other Christians - Ask questions. When things seem against you or against Christ, go ask questions - sometimes what our perceived notion of hostility or annoyances, maybe perverted (which just means twisted). When we confront issues, we build relationships. When we ignore or become jaded, we don't care about the relationship. Go, get to know someone and in the process, learn where they are with the Lord (Romans 1:11-12). Always attempt to be as Acts 4:13 says, but that includes humility.
Jesus is well aware of your situation and what you are doing on His behalf. Jesus, "...came to seek and save the lost," (Luke 19:10). We are all works in progress.
Continue to share the love of Jesus and do it, "bold[ly]." The world and the church need more Jesus and those will to step out and serve Him. Where do you fit in?