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I Didn't Know She Went To Church

"The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus." - Acts 4:13

You know what I love about this verse?

Peter and John were blue collar workers. They were fishermen. They were average. They were common. But because they spent time with Jesus, it was obvious to others. They were common, ordinary men empowered by an extraordinary Lord.

I had a friend share with me that she tried a new church. Later in the week, one of her co-workers (whom she's worked with for two years) came up to her and asked if she had been to the church. When my friend confirmed she had, the co-worker excitedly mentioned that she handles the registrations for visitors and saw my friend's name. As my friend was telling me this, she concluded with, "I didn't even know she went to church."

Ouch.

Two years of working together and not once has it been evident the co-worker has a relationship with Jesus.

Ouch.

It made me step back and wonder...like Peter and John, could I be recognized as a person who has been and is with Jesus?

While we've never spent time physically in Jesus' presence like Peter and John, we have been given Jesus' gift of the Holy Spirit just like they were given. Jesus didn't give them a special advantage to His power, strength, joy, peace, or grace. He's given us the same, free access that He gave Peter and John.

You and I, we're no different than Peter or John. We're common, average people. We are ordinary people empowered by the same extraordinary Lord. So...what are we going to do today to make sure we are recognized as having been with Jesus so others can recognize and know Him, too?

Co-host of Afternoons with Jack & Erin on SHINE-FM.