I’m reading through Acts today (a book I don’t spend nearly enough time in, it seems), and I’ve come across a verse that has cut me pretty deeply:
Now as [the leading Jews] observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
At various points in my life, I have considered different verses as life-defining verses for me–Philippians 4:13 as a young teen, Galatians 2:20 as an older teen, Psalm 37:4 in college, 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 a bit later, and Romans 5:8 more recently (among other verses at various times). It may be time for me to switch again. Acts 4:13 fits me so aptly for where I am and what I’m doing right now, as a youth/music minister in a small church with ample study and reflection time in my work week. I really want this testimony about Peter and John to be true of me as well: Whatever training, studying, thinking, or learning he may have done, it is clear that this young man has been with Jesus. As 2 Corinthians 2 hits on, I want it to be so manifest that I have spent ample time deep in fellowship with Jesus that I take on this aroma of Christ, everywhere I go spreading the knowledge of the Son of God–death to some, and life to others. That’s the prayer today, for me and for you, that our fellowship with Jesus will become unmistakable in our daily lives.