Thursday, April 16, 2009

Acts 3: 11-26

One of the first things I notice in this passage is how quick Peter is to keep things centered on God. In the preceding verses, Peter has just prayed for a lame man who was instantly healed. Naturally enough, this got everybody’s attention, and so they turned to Peter. Perhaps they were wondering if he was the new Messiah.

Peter, however, immediately disabuses them of any notion that it is by his power or piety that the man was healed. It was God—their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—who did this, and he did it through faith in Jesus Christ.

And it is still God, at work in His son Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, that “heals” people and makes them whole. It is God who restores all things, whether a broken body or a broken heart or a wayward spirit.

Like Peter, we too must let God’s power flow through us as we tell people about Jesus. One of the themes of the book of Acts is that we are to be so filled with the Spirit that the Spirit can’t help but flow forth from us in bold witness to Christ. But the problem for many of us is that we keep the Spirit for ourselves, or we dam up the flow. Often we do so out of fear; fear that we will be rejected, ridiculed, or that we somehow don’t know enough or aren’t together enough to be an effective witness.

And that’s too bad, because the world still needs people who will boldly proclaim their faith in Jesus just as Peter did. There cannot be a harvest if someone does not first plant a seed. If we want beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables later in the summer, someone has to plant the seeds now. If we want people to know how much God loves and cares for them and wants to be a part of their life, we’ve got to be willing to speak a word for Jesus now. There is no way around it.

Who have you told today about the Good News of what God has done in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

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