You're In Trouble Now!

Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

So Peter and John have prayed and observed the healing of the lame man.  This caused quite a commotion at the Temple.  Such a commotion that the religious leaders take note.  Immediately they realize that these are Jesus' disciples and that Jesus is getting credit for this healing.  So they arrest  Peter and John put them in jail overnight.  

One might say that this proves that no good deed goes unpunished.  But that isn't' the point of this passage.  Jesus promised that signs and wonders would follow.  But know that there are some who would dismiss and even discourage such belief among those who have faith in God.  Regrettable, I know, but true nonetheless.  

We follow Christ and do His will to please Him.  We don't do it to please men.  As followers of Jesus, we can find joy in observing and even participating in the good works of others who practice their faith.  But that isn't our primary motive.  

These religious leaders, which are same ones that had Jesus crucified, were not praying for the lame man to be healed.  They were not contributing to help the needs of the widow or orphan.  They were not preaching about the love or God or helping others develop a relationship with Him.  But more importantly, they didn't want anyone else doing those things either.  

Do what you can today for Jesus.  Don't do it to please men or to promote yourself.  The New Testament church served one another with whatever gift or gifts they had.  Do the same today.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, please allow me to help someone today who needs You in their life.  AMEN  


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