Sometimes I wonder if I’m good enough… if I’m doing enough… if I know enough. Sometimes, if I’m being honest, I wonder why anyone on earth listens to what I say (or reads what I write). After all, who am I? I’m not an expert. I don’t have a degree or a title.
It’s a little intimidating, isn’t it? Even if you’re not out there trying to be a Bible teacher. Even if you’re just trying to share a little about your faith with your neighbor, your coworker, your cousin, even your own kid… it can be scary. We worry we won’t know all of the answers. We wonder if our story is exciting enough. We doubt that we’re important enough.
Maybe that’s why my breath caught when I came across this verse recently:
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
What was so special about Peter and John? It wasn’t their pedigree and training. On the contrary, he goes out of his way to tell us that they were “uneducated, common men.” Peter and John didn’t have authority because of their education. Their money didn’t buy them a seat at the table. Their fame didn’t earn them respect. They were common.
But one thing made them stand out: “they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
Did you get a chill right there? No? Just me?
Because this is it, friend. This is what defines us, what qualifies us, what gives us power and authority. It isn’t us at all. It’s Jesus.
Peter said it himself just a few verses earlier: “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (12).
Being with Jesus makes all the difference.
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