13 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. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
Acts 4: 13-14
Everyone loves an amazing story… When you read the Bible, you find thousands of them.
In Acts 4, the high-powered religious leaders were shocked by Peter and John. And you would be too. Peter and John transformed the life of a poor man with severe physical disabilities. Then inspired an entire crowd to change their lives by building a relationship with God. Then were thrown in jail. And then kept speaking out courageously without even hesitating.
Oh yeah… and this was all in the last 24 hours.
But what was the most amazing part about Peter and John? It was their story. The religious leaders watched these two courageous young men ignite a city—and they couldn’t help but think: Where did these guys come from?
So they asked around. But everyone told them the same thing: These guys came from nowhere. They’re just unschooled, ordinary men.
They were stumped. How could a couple of average joes without a high school diploma become transformational leaders? And with an understanding of God and the Bible that was way beyond all of the religious bigwigs?
But then they took note: These men had been with Jesus… And that was all. That was the key to their story.
The Bible is amazing because it’s filled with these stories. Incredible transformations. And the key to all of them is a great relationship with God. Peter and John spent time with Jesus, and God wrote them each a story. The transformations were so clear that even their critics backed down: There was nothing they could say.
- Are you in the middle of your own God-story, or are you still looking for it?
- Are you spending time with God everyday looking to find his story for you?
- How many amazing stories can you find in the Book of Acts?
- Pray: what decisions do you need to make to begin your story with God today?