Acts 4:13, “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.”
In Acts 4, Peter and John have been brought before a Council of some very important leaders to be questioned about their teachings and the truths that they were proclaiming about Jesus. At this point in Acts, the Holy Spirit has already come and the power of God was being displayed tremendously as many were coming to faith in Christ. Peter and John were common men, fishermen by trade, that had a love and affection for Christ and the Gospel because they had been transformed by its saving power. Thus, it was said of them, “And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
That sentence is staggering when we attempt to apply it to our own lives. When people look at us, do they recognize that we have been with Jesus? If we are truly born-again and living our lives in the pursuit of holiness through the Word of God, I do believe that people will look at us and recognize that we have been with Jesus. In the good times, in the bad times, and in the midst of everyday life, I want people to be able to look at me and recognize that I have been with Jesus. What about you?
I want to challenge you to ask yourself that question. Can people look at you and tell that you have been with Jesus? If the answer is no, I would encourage you to repent and seek first the Kingdom of God. If the answer is yes, continue seeking Christ through His Word as He is faithfully producing fruit within your life. As God’s people we are to regard personal holiness as having the utmost importance within our lives. If we are believers we are to flee from sin, repent of sin, and pursue Christ. We are to hold each other accountable as our Christian life is designed to be lived out with the church. If we are to be a people that say that the Bible is our highest degree of authority, then we are to live it out and stand upon it no matter the cost. Let’s be a church and a people that pursue Christ above all else. Let’s be a church and a people that have been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s be a church and a people that regard the Scripture for what it is, our ultimate authority. Let’s be a church and a people that when people look at us “they recognize that they had been with Jesus.” I love you all!
Jesus Is Lord,