Monday, May 15, 2017

Amazing Likeness

Amazing Likeness
“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 NLT)
What was different about Peter and John that caused them to stand out as special before the religious leaders of the Jews? No special training—just ordinary! No fancy clothes—homespun duds! No special hairstyles—shaggy hair and beards! No fragrant aroma—smelled of fish! What then was the reason for their boldness?
   The key factor is that they were recognized as being with Jesus. What is it about being with Jesus that made Peter and John look different than those around them? What did they have that others did not have? It was the same thing that you will have if you spend time with Jesus. What exactly will these changes look like in your life?
   First, if you spend any amount of time at all with Jesus, there is bound to be a transformation. Everything about you changes. Your attitude! Your mannerisms! Your manner of speech! Your thought life! Your actions! EVERYTHING!
   Second, you will have a new boldness—a valiant spirit. You won’t be ashamed of Christ or the gospel.  You will be willing to put your life on the line for the sake of the good news.
  Third, you will imitate the loving spirit of Christ. You will think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, so that others may say of you, “He/she has been with Jesus.”
  Fourth, you will imitate Jesus in his holiness. You will keep your life pure, free of the taint of sin.
   To be “like Jesus” is to be fervent in prayer, submissive to his will, forgiving of your enemies, and persevering in the midst of trials.
   Is “Amazing Likeness” possible? Yes, it is feasible, but only through the grace of God. It all depends upon how much time we are willing to spend with Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, how blessed to hear someone say, “He’s been with Jesus.”

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