But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Peter and John are on trial for telling people about Jesus being the Resurrection. It would have been easy for them to walk away, but they have the Holy Spirit filling them and they can’t just go away like that! They fire back, “Should we ignore God because of what you say? There is absolutely no possible way we could do that.”
I wonder if any of us are ignoring God because it’s simpler, safer and just simply more convenient. I wonder if we would ever listen to the people surrounding us and ignore the voice of God calling to our hearts.
When you’ve literally seen what God has done for you, there’s no way you can help but talk about it. Here’s something I wonder about the church, not just GCC, but the Church…
Do we actually have any idea whatsoever what Jesus did for us? We’ve seen the movies and read the stories and cried at the testimonies, but do we really get it?
We talk a great talk, but, in 31 years of life and 10+ years of ministry, I’ve NEVER once heard, “I got to talking to my friend about Jesus the other day and I just couldn’t stop. I was telling him all about the hope I have and how I got my sins forgotten and forgiven and I’m just so excited that he might come to church this weekend!”
No… I DO hear this a lot though… “I just have a hard time talking about Jesus. I don’t know where to start or how to bring it up and I don’t know how to do it without sounding stupid and I don’t want to lose him as a friend, ‘cause we’ve been friends for a long time and I really need a great friend – even if he’s going to Hell.”
I wonder if we really get it. Because I think if we really got it, we’d be exploding with talking about Jesus instead of treating it like going to the dentist to get teeth pulled. “I have to do it, but I hate it and I’ll get out of it if I can possibly figure out a way.”