Powered by 4 - May 17, 2011

 

Tuesday, May 17

Undeterred.

today's reading.
Acts 5:17-42 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is the party of the Saduccess),.......

think about it.
What were the high priest and the religious leaders "filled with" (5:17)? How does that play into their actions? What happened to the apostles (5:18-26)? What is Peter's justification for their continued ministry (5:29-32)? How does Gamaliel calm the council (5:33-40)? Was he right or wrong in his advice?

the blog.
Focused, undeterred and committed—that's how I'd describe the apostles in Acts 5. They were arrested, thrown in public prison (we're not talking a clean, modern day jail cell by the way) and beaten because they were telling people about Christ. Yikes!

Imagine being in their place. Would you be tempted to throw in the towel? Be afraid to keep going? Maybe start questioning what you're doing and why?  We don't see any of that with the apostles. They don't let what's happening pull them off course. They are committed to fully representing the Lord regardless of the cost. Now I've never gone through anything like the apostles—not even close. And, yet, I'm not nearly as bold as they were for Christ. So what's up with that?

So what is it that holds us back from being a bold witness (speech, actions, lifestyle)? What can we do to break out of our comfort zone when it comes to showing and telling more people about Christ? Tami W.  

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