"As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20).
November 23, 2004 is a day that will endure in my memory for the rest of my days. It was the day that my first born, my son, would make his debut into this world. His entrance would further propel me to new heights and depths in the roles of my own existence. "I'm a dad!" This bizarre, yet wildly attractive concept flooded my abilities to stay on a single train of thought. I was so excited. I called everyone. I emailed everyone. I used social networking sites to get the word out! My life has once again forever changed!! I wanted the world to know and to share this excitement that had already landed its firm grasp around my overjoyed heart.
In like manner, Peter and John had been given to great rejoicing over seeing what the power of God was doing in the lives of others and how God was using them to see it all happen. Jesus had forever changed them. They began to talk about it. Share about. Their own excitement was becoming contagious and impacting many around the city. Now, they had been told not to speak in the name of Jesus, or of what He had done, any further. There response was unafraid, unashamed, and non-compromising. They had to speak about what Christ had done their lives. It was welling up with in them. They were excited and passionate about what they had seen and heard. They were willing to do nothing less than live it out with all they had. They refuse to be silent about who Jesus was, how He had changed them by the power of His love, and how He was using them to change the world.
There will always be an enemy, an opposition, a roadblock that seeks to silence us, shy us away, or slow us down in our passionate pursuit for Christ that began the moment we realized the authenticity of His love for us. Don't give in! The name of Jesus is life, power, and victory. When we live in a way that unashamedly proclaims devotion to Him, we begin to see the supernatural intervention of God all around us.
What Jesus has done, is doing, and can do is exciting! It's life-changing! Can you think of that moment or any moment when you realized that His love, though it saw the worst of you, still loved the best for you? Have you ever been excited about the fact that His forgiveness frees you from all of the regrets and shame of past mistakes? Has the excitement ever overwhelmed you about the peace that He gives that calms you from all the nagging thoughts and reminders of pains, hurts, and failures? Here's the big question. Are you still excited? Have you forgotten all that God has done in your life? Take a moment and try to recount the many times that God has shown Himself real to you. As you remember, you will begin to be reignited with that same excitement that first grabbed hold of you, and the world won't be able to stop the locomotive passion inside of your heart to share what He's done in you. Choose to always remember and allow the excitement of what He's begun in you to fuel that passion inside of you. Go ahead. Be excited and unashamed. He loved you that much. Let somebody know!