I am going through Acts at the moment in my morning quiet time. Acts was written by Luke and is about the acts of the apostles – the disciples of Jesus.
A little secret about me is that I don’t see myself as a very academic person. I work very hard at what I believe passionately in. For some reason, I always lacked motivation to work hard on my academic work outside of lessons. This has always made me feel slightly underequipped for my position of telling people about the God who I adore.
This morning I was reading Acts 4. It starts with Peter and John speaking about the Good News to the people (the public). Now the Sadducees, priests and the captain of the temple guard were not happy about this as they believed that they did not have the qualifications/authority to do this.
“By what power or what name did you do this?” – Acts 4:7
Peter and John give a brave and bold answer while filled with the Holy Spirit. They spoke in the name of Jesus Christ!
“He is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” – Acts 4:11-12
The response from the priests and Sadducees is what really struck me.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13
The very apostles of Jesus Christ were unschooled, ordinary men. This really spoke to me.
Jesus didn’t look for the qualified to be his disciples, He looked for those who were obedient.
I don’t need to be qualified to tell people about my saviour. I just need to be obedient in what God is telling me what to do and be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit.
I hope this encourages you to seek God’s love every day. Ask to be filled with the Spirit and feel equipped to share his love.
Obedience comes by listening to God; boldness comes by being filled with His Holy Spirit.