“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
Peter and John were headed into the local church one day when they saw a lame man calling out to those passing by. In the name of Jesus, the two disciples healed the man.
For their actions, they are called in front of the religious council. They spend the night in jail before being dragged to a large meeting filled with rulers and teachers.
When they ask for an explanation, the Holy Spirit makes Peter bold.
“If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.” (Act 4:9-10)
It’s after this speech that the rulers realize the two men have spent time with Jesus. Even though Peter and John weren’t learned scholars, their experiences with Jesus had equipped them to do His work.
You may not come from the “right” family or have the best education. You may not be extraordinary. But God can use you, just like He did with Peter and John!
God, I want to reflect Jesus. Let me shine His kindness and grace everywhere I go! In Jesus’ name, Amen.