Date: Saturday, August 2
Scripture: Acts 4:1-4, 13-21
Verse: As for us, we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20)
Maybe you have known that person who is so excited about a movie, book, vacation, restaurant, store, job, relationship, etc. that it seems to be all they can talk about. Everything seems to remind them of that person or event, and out comes a story you have heard several times before. On the one hand, it can get monotonous. On the other, it is fun to see someone so excited about what they have experienced or are experiencing.
Parents of students who have been on the mission trip will sometimes tell me how their child cannot stop talking about all they experienced. For weeks the youth will be sharing stories about where they saw God at work in their lives, all the fun things they did, and how they wished it could continue. They will talk about people they met from churches across the country, and those they served. Little things will happen that will remind them of a story they just have to tell.
In today’s passage Peter and John get arrested for being a nuisance. The religious leaders are frustrated with their enthusiasm and preaching. Everywhere they go all they can talk about Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus’ ability to heal, Jesus’ love for everyone, and whatever else they can think of about Jesus. To the authorities though, these disciples — fishermen and tax collectors — are not qualified to teach theology. So the leaders put them in jail, presumably just for some peace and quiet. When they release them, they try to impose the condition that “they stop all speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus” (vs. 18). Peter and John respond, “we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (vs. 20).
Often we keep quiet about our faith. We worry we don’t know enough, don’t have the authority to speak. But that is not what sharing our faith is about. We don’t need to be experts in theology, we just need to share our enthusiasm for Jesus. Like the youth coming home from a mission trip, or that friend who has been so moved, Peter and John couldn’t help themselves but to keep talking about all Jesus had done for them. May the same be true for us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me opportunities to share my love and enthusiasm for you. Amen.
Action: Share your love of Jesus with someone in the days ahead, and join us in worship tomorrow to hear our youth who can’t stop talking about all they experienced while serving others this summer.
Respond: Have you ever sensed you are that person who can’t stop talking about that relationship, book, movie, TV show, etc.?
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