Sunday, October 18, 2020
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)
The religious and political leaders were upset because of the apostle's powerful ministry signs, wonders, and miracles which gave credibility to the gospel message they were preaching. After arresting them they observed "that they had been with Jesus."
Is it apparent in our lives that we have been with Jesus? The signs of having been with Jesus are seen in our message of Christ, the burden for helping people like the crippled man, the concern for seeing people believe in Jesus and have their sins forgiven and enjoy all the benefits of the Christian life.
Being with Jesus means that we are walking (lifestyle), talking, and living like Jesus. We are given the ministry of the Holy Spirit to enable us to do that. Paul tells us to "...Walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Gal. 5:16) Then he shares with us that "the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, self control..." (Gal. 5:22-23). This is a reflection of Jesus in our daily living.
The hymn writer said it well in the song "O To Be Like Thee." Stanzas 2-3 say it well,
O to be like Thee! Full of compassion, loving, forgiving, tender and kind, helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, seeking the wandering sinner to find!
O to be like Thee! Lowly in the spirit, holy and harmless, patient and brave; Meekly enduring cruel reproaches, willing to suffer others to save.
The refrain says, "O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art! Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness; Stamp thine own image deep on my heart.
Seeking To Be More Like Jesus,
-Pastor Buddy Turner
"BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL, AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS." Psalm 103:2