Yea Team!

10 06 2013

In the third chapter of Acts, Peter and John, in the name of Jesus, performed a miracle when they healed a lame man. Then moving into Chapter 4, they preached to a large crowd in the Temple. We aren’t told how many in total, but scripture states there were 5,000 men, not counting women and children. This crowd also included some of the same religious leaders who, only weeks before, had orchestrated the murder of Jesus. Their preaching was interrupted when these religious leaders approached them and asked in whose name they preached and performed miracles. They were arrested and jailed for the night.

The following day, they were brought before the High Priest and several of his family members. This, to me at least, is where it gets interesting. I find it amazing to read not just what Peter and John had to say before the High Priest, but how they said it. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and, as a result, were so emboldened it was hard to believe this was the same Peter who only two months earlier had said on three different occasions that he was not associated with Jesus. Peter, at this point, is clearly a changed man and it shows in his courage. As a result, about 3,000 people came to God.

Do we wear our colors as boldly and proudly as Peter? When people see or speak with you are they able to identify you with Christ?

If you walk into someone’s office or home, you might see banners, paintings, pennants, miniature football helmets, stuffed dolls or mascots and other things which proudly proclaim the owner’s favorite college or professional team. That’s great. Be proud of your team and the support you give them. But can people just as easily tell by what they see or hear that you are Christian? Or is that something you keep to yourself? It isn’t always easy to publicly acknowledge our beliefs, but remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

Right now, to some people that might not sound like such a big deal, but I can’t imagine anything greater than to have Jesus brag on me to God.

Be bold like Peter and show your colors.




3 responses

10 06 2013
Jackie Garner

I just love the way Daddy God uses the talents He gave you to share such a sweet understanding of how Jesus loves us is how we should love Him. What a Blessing you are Bill….”To God Be The Glory.”

10 06 2013
Bill Taylor

Thank you Jackie. That means a lot that I can share and it’s nice to know when poeple find my writing worth my time.
To steal a line from Lolli, Olive You!

10 06 2013
Jackie Garner

I read them all Bill and I find them funny,interesting, moving, and all inspiring ….. keep up the good work dear friend

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