In the book of Acts we find a story about Peter and John before the Council. (Acts 4) One of the verses that really sticks out to me is verse 13. It says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished…” The verse continues on but this first part is important to us. It takes away an excuse a lot of us like to use from time to time. We say, “I don’t know what to do” or “I’m not trained to do that” when in reality God gives us all of the tools we need to do the things God wants us to do.
The rest of that verse finishes with, “And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Peter and John were not scholars. Neither of them had doctorates or were ordained teachers. Peter and John were both ordinary people who Jesus was using to spread the Word of God. The people were able to see and recognize that they had been with Jesus. They experienced Jesus and wanted to share that with others. How often do we share our experiences with Jesus with other people? Would people look at you and recognize that you are a person that has a relationship with Jesus, someone who talks with Jesus, thinks about Jesus, and lives with Jesus step by step? We don’t have to be people who are trained to be a people who have a relationship with Jesus.
What Peter and John do before the council is amazing. The educated members on the Jewish high council were treated as authorities on the Scriptures and the matters of religion. These members were astonished by the boldness of Peter and John and what they were saying about these things. Later on in the text these leaders can’t even deny what Peter and John are talking about. Even as the council threatens Peter and John they stand firm and won’t stop telling about everything they have heard and seen though Jesus (v20). What are we doing with the story of Jesus? Are we being bold and talking about it everywhere? Peter and John were doing something that most people wouldn’t do and challenged people who were looked at with power. We need to have the boldness of Peter and John in our lives as we share the Gospel with people we come in contact with each and every day.
What is your passion for Jesus? Are you using it to share with other people and to let it impact their lives? We don’t have to have formal education to help each other. What we need is to live in the Word of God, to have the boldness and courage to talk about it with each other and let the light of the Word shine on everyone we share it with. Peter and John were ordinary men who took what they knew about Jesus and shared it with everyone no matter what their status in life was. When people threaten us and try to stop us from speaking about the Word of God we need to persevere through the challenges and to trust that God and His Word will take care of us. Acts 4:12 reminds us that, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” God has given us this gift, are you willing to be bold enough to share it with everyone?