“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
Peter and John did not fly under the radar as they shared the Gospel with the people. After they brought healing in the name of Jesus to the Lame Beggar outside of the Temple (Acts 3) Temple leaders approached them to have a ‘discussion.’
Sharing the Gospel does bring about changes to lives. The Temple leaders were concerned that the more Peter & John taught the people the less the power the leaders would have in public. The Temple leaders did not believe in Jesus’ resurrection. They worked to quell the Jesus Movement as best they could. And now they had to deal with the fact that a 40 year old man who was lame since birth was now walking around town.
The Temple Leaders worked to have Peter & John to be quiet. They order the duo to no longer preach in public. If the two could not speak in public then the problem would be solved. Except it didn’t go away.
Peter & John had courage to share their faiths because they knew Jesus was sending them out to share the Gospel. They knew the Holy Spirt was with them always giving them the words to say. The Temple Leaders were not going to stop them (Acts 4:19-20).
We learn from Peter & John how to be courageous. Each man was an ordinary man. They did not have a bunch of letters after their names signifying a great deal of education. They were regular fishermen who lived with Jesus for 3 years watching and learning directly from Him. They went now simply shared their stories of being with Jesus.
I can hear now Peter sitting at dinner with some friends telling them about the time he walked on water.
In our lives we do not need to have a ton of education before we share our faith stories. We simply tell the times we saw God in our lives and loved us. We have courage to share, as Peter & John did, because the Holy Spirit is with us always.
People will also take note of your faith when they hear of your story. They will hear Jesus through the stories you share with them of your experiences with Him. It is not about you. The hero of your story is Jesus alone. Let people begin to experience Him as you share your story.
So do not fear, fellow disciple. Be courageous to share your story with Jesus. Speak the words the Holy Spirit gives you to share. See God work another’s heart planting the seed of faith. The Gospel will continue go out into the world as the disciples of Jesus courageously share their stories of being with Jesus with others.
This Week’s Challenge
Write down any fear/worry you have about sharing your faith story with someone. Next to each one write what God says to give you courage against that fear/worry.