They Had Been With Jesus

One verse that I would love to see be lived out in my life and in the life of our church is Acts 4:13, which says, “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.”

This verse describes what living as a follower of Christ is all about.

  1. It’s about boldness for Christ. Here you have two guys, former fishermen, boldly living and speaking for Christ. Not long ago one of them, Peter, was cowering away from a servant girl and denying his affiliation with Jesus. But now, filled with resurrection power, he is bold.
  2. It’s about ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality. The text says that Peter and John were “uneducated, common men.” This should give hope to us, since it describes almost all believers. Most believers don’t have seminary degrees and aren’t extraordinary people — but God still wants to use us!
  3. It’s about being with Jesus. The religious leaders who were opposed to the gospel message saw these ordinary men living boldly and could only come to one conclusion: “They had been with Jesus.” This reminds me that the power source for truly changed living is being with Jesus. But wait a second…hadn’t Peter been with Jesus for three years and still denied him? What changed? I think it’s that Peter encountered the resurrected Jesus, saw his victory over sin and death, and his life was forever changed.

Have you been with Jesus? Are you regularly with Jesus? Is he empowering you to live a new life of ordinary boldness? May God make Second Mile a people who are ordinary people living with a bold confidence in the power of our resurrected Lord.

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