Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
(Acts 4:33 (NIV))
Do people give their lives to something that they do not know to be true? Are people willing to boldly proclaim something as the truth if they know that it is not? Do people willingly go to their own deaths for something that they have made up?
Carefully consider the twelve who were with Jesus. All of them were timid with respect to public speaking, especially if it meant that they might be put to death for their words. They all wanted an end to the Roman rule, but I have not found any evidence that indicated they were willing to die to see this happen.
What made these ordinary men speak out with such extraordinary power and authority even when their very lives were threatened because of what they said? They possessed a zeal that only comes when someone has had a life changing experience. This experience had proven to them beyond any doubt that what they testified to was true. They had all witnessed it!
Because of their faith and willingness to testify to what they knew to be true, the world has forever been changed. It all started with a handful of people who had the power of truth on their side; people who were willing to share that truth no matter what the cost. They knew that nothing in this world could change that truth that had empowered them.
Their testimony literally changed the world for they testified of the truth of the grace and mercy offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They were willing to offer that to any and all who would hear it.
Are you willing to offer what they offered in power and authority?