I was at an event the other night when the teaching was on Acts 3 - 4; the healing of the lame man at the temple gate. This verse stuck out to me.
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)
This should be true today about Christians. People should be astonished at the effect Jesus has on our lives.
Jesus also said:
...you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)What I find interesting is that where Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28: 16 - 20) is a command - "Go!", his statement from Acts, above, is merely a statement of reality: "You will be my witnesses."
The question is will we be good witnesses or bad.Will we be effective or ineffective?
Will we draw people toward him or push them away?
The world out there is watching.
The world is waiting to hear.
How do we reach them?