March 26, 2014
How to Astonish a Crowd
When they saw the courage of Peter and John, and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 NIV, emphasis mine)
Friend to Friends
The religious leaders were listening to Peter and John preach. They were perplexed, astonished really. They wondered where Peter and John acquired such knowledge and wisdom. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John, and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Ah, they had been with Jesus. That explained everything.
We tend to look at folks who are talented or who have great resources and think, “If we could win that soul for the Lord, then think of all he or she could accomplish for the kingdom!”
How silly. As if God needs our meager resources to accomplish anything.
When you say “yes” to God, despite your inabilities, then you become a living, breathing, walking display of His glory as you live and move and have your being in Him.
Listen to this: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
You are always one step of obedience away from the next great adventure and moments of sudden glory that follow. Are you willing to abandon that which makes you comfortable to embrace that which makes you fulfilled? Are you ready for the fancy footwork of faith?
As you consider joining Jesus on the dance floor of obedience, remember this: The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Don’t worry that you don’t know all the right moves. He does. You simply need to follow His lead.
In Him we live and move and have our being…the dance of obedience is breathtakingly beautiful.
Heavenly Father, I pray that others will see You in me. Help me to represent You well today. Help me to be a reflection of You today. I pray others will know that anything good in me is because of You in me.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Go back and read the verses mentioned in today’s devotion. Consider committing one of them to memory.
If you are ready to take a spin on the dance floor of obedience with God, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I’m ready to dance with Jesus today!”
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Originally published Wednesday, 26 March 2014.