InFLUence | Jesus In Me
When they saw the boldness of Peter and John… they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
Maybe you’ve known people like this. There’s nothing remarkable about them on the surface. They’ll never win a Pulitzer Prize, Person of the Year, or even the Publisher’s Clearing House, but they have a presence about them that is compelling. Maybe they never finished high school, but they talk about Jesus like He lives next door. They may have a past that belongs on the post office wall, but they talk about forgiveness and grace like they invented it. No seminary training could produce the glow that lights their faces when they talk about the Lord. They’re humble and astonishingly non-religious, but not afraid of the truth no matter who is offended. There are still Peters and Johns among us who cause the world to take notice.
What is that quality that separates Peter and John from the rest of us? Why do some professing Christians seem indistinguishable from the world, while others exude a radiance found only in the presence of God? Jesus said that radiance is available to anyone. Peter and John were ordinary men, but Jesus told them, “You are the light of the world.” We are too. We get that light by spending much time in His presence and in His word. When we’ve basked in His glory, the world holds little fascination for us. And whatever fascinates us is what people notice about us. No one cares about religious jargon or churchy talk. They notice the light. When Jesus is the strongest influence in our lives, people can tell that we’ve been with Him.
Have you spent enough time in the presence of Jesus that others can tell?
Jesus, I want to be like Peter and John. I may not have formal training, but I love your word and I love you. I’m amazed at what you’ve done in me and through me and I want it to be obvious to everyone that I’ve been with you. In His name, Amen.