READ: Acts 4:1-5:42
- Not long after the church began (Acts 2), the community began to take special notice of them. Some of that notice was anything but positive. Attempts were made to silence the believers from testifying to the power of Jesus to change lives. But, the believers refused to be silent…either orally or in actions. Despite warning and arrest, they continued to speak about Jesus. They refused to be silenced, in spite of the risks.
- Verse 13 (4:13) may capture the essence of this whole scene. The actions of the people caused the officials to recognize these people had been with Jesus. Their actions and attitudes were a dead give-away (testimony) concerning where their allegiance lay. And that is as it should be. No one should have to guess about whom we serve. Our allegiance should not appear mixed or tainted. People should see Jesus in our actions and attitudes.
- Whenever things happened, the actions pointed to a source outside the disciples themselves. This wasn’t about them. It was about the One they worshiped. And that should be true now. Life is never about us. It certainly isn’t about Madison Park. It’s about Jesus. He must be the One to whom this all points. Miss that and we’ve missed the point entirely.
- Reflect on your part of the story. What key events have brought you to God?
- How would you tell your story to others so they could see that your history with God matters?
- Why is it so important to remember our spiritual journey, our spiritual history?
PRAY: Thank God for those who have pointed you to Jesus. Pray that you are effective in drawing people to Jesus instead of yourself. Ask God to reveal which values/attitudes you need to change.