Acts 4:13 “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.” 

Have you ever tried to do something nice and had it blow up in your face?  Maybe you tried to help a co-worker and they stepped on you as they climbed up the corporate ladder.  Maybe you tried to help a person carry groceries and they were suspicious of your motivations. Sometimes good actions can go unrewarded. 

In Acts 4, Peter and John find themselves in one of these moments.  They do a good thing.  On their way to the temple they stop and pray for a person in need and God heals them!  This draws a lot of attention from the religious community and because they feel threated, they put Peter and John in jail.  Then after an evening in jail they call Peter and John before them and noticed that they are not formally schooled in religion.  These ordinary men have done something extraordinary. 

We see in this passage that God will use anyone who is willing.  We are His plan to help those who are far from God to find their way home. We encounter God through scripture and the community of others who are following Jesus.  And when we pray for him to move, he will use us for his mission today. 

How about you?  Have you spent enough time with Jesus to serve him out of the overflow of his presence?  Who has he put in your life to pray for and share the message of Jesus?  Are you willing to be a witness to Jesus even if it may bring trouble?

Take a moment to read and reflect on the impact of Peter and John’s witness in Acts 4.  Ask God how you can be a witness to his unexplainable love today.