“We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” – Acts 4:20 NLT
You’re probably familiar with this story. Peter and John have been arrested for preaching that there is resurrection for the dead through Jesus and are standing before the Council on trial. The men were impressed by the boldness of Peter and John as, “they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures,” Acts 4:13. At the same time they were threatened by them because, “They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus,” Acts 4:13.
When they threatened the two apostles and demanded that they stop speaking and preaching in the name of Jesus there was only one possible response that Peter and John could provide them with: “But Peter and John replied, ‘Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.'” Acts 4:19-20.
Personal Application: I think we need a little more of the attitude and spiritual swagger (confident humility) that Peter and John demonstrated in Acts 4:20…an Acts 4:20 attitude. If we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a result of our faith in trust in Jesus Christ then it should come naturally to us to talk about what God is doing in us and through us. We also need to be more confident when it comes to evangelism. If we even remotely take the words Paul penned in Romans 1:16 to heart, how can we miss the opportunity or avoid speaking about the things God has done in our lives and what we have seen Him do? Why does it seem that we are intimidated to speak about God and share the Good News of His Son Jesus Christ? Look for an opportunity today to bring God up in any conversation and share what He has been doing in your life.
Youth Ministry Application: As we disciple the teens that God has put in our care we need to instill in them a boldness to proclaim God ! Could you imagine the impact of teenagers regularly speaking about God on their campuses? We need to empower and equip the teens we know to live THE Cause every opportunity they are given.
- Open up a Youth Group meeting by asking teens what God has been doing in their lives.
- Close your time together by taking 5 for THE Cause and having teens share evangelism stories in their lives over the past week.
- Whatever you do, make sharing stories about what God is doing in everyone’s life a normal fixture of your Youth Ministry culture.