Acts 4:2-13 [After Peter and John took part in healing a blind beggar, Peter preached, and they were arrested and thrown in jail.] But many of the people who heard Peter’s message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children. The next day, the religious leaders brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “The crippled man was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene” … 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.
Can you think of a more wonderful tribute than this one? Ordinary men, doing extraordinary things by the power of the Spirit. Ordinary men recognized by their critics as having been with Jesus… So lovely!
What happens when we spend time with Jesus? What happens when YOU spend time with Jesus? Take a minute to think about it.
Now, if you’re willing, write a response in the Comments. If you’d rather not go “public,” you can write just to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll share some of my own response to this question next time.
The resilient pansies persist!