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Acts 4

Knowing the right person changes everything. What used to be inaccessible and even impossible can change by calling in a few favors or knowing the right name to drop. If you or I show up at the White House and try to walk into the Oval Office, we will probably end up in jail. One of the president’s kids, however, can walk right in at almost any time. This access is not granted because the president’s family knows more about policy making or have more experience than anyone else but because they know the president on a personal level.  The same can be said about those of us who belong to Jesus.

Once we become Jesus followers and meet Him for the first time, EVERYTHING changes. What was once impossible or off limits, now becomes normal. In Acts 4, we see Peter and John preach and heal with courage and authority. Life change happened and God moved in an incredible way, not because of their knowledge or experience, but because of WHO they knew. Peter and John actually knew Jesus—they had spent some time with Him and everything changed. The same is true for us today; we know Jesus! The same spirit that lived in Him now lives in us, and the purpose He created us to live out is now possible!

Maybe you are a little hesitant to invite your friend or family member to church. Maybe in the past you were intimidated with sharing your faith. Don’t let the person you used to be define who Jesus made you to be. You KNOW Jesus, and that means everything changes. Because of who you know, you can share the good news of Jesus with boldness, authority, and power. You may not know the right facts, or have “enough” experience in Church, but you know Jesus and that makes you qualified for the mission of sharing His good news with others.

Reflect:

  • In what ways has your life changed since meeting Jesus?
  • The disciples were noticeably different because they spent time with Jesus. How can you regularly spend time with Jesus?
  • Who is the one person in your life that you want to meet Jesus? Pray for that person now.

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