They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
I’ve been working my way through a Bible study on the book of Acts, and as I read through chapter four, I stopped and read those words over and over.
Recognized as one who had been with Jesus:
can you imagine that being your own testimony?
Of course in this context, the words mean that the people observing Peter and John going about their ministry literally recognized them as disciples of Jesus. They recognized them as men who had spent years of their life in close friendship with Jesus Himself.
But I believe we have the opportunity to have a similar recognition. Have you ever thought about it? Have you considered the ways Jesus taught us to live? When we love our neighbors and walk humbly with our God, when we have a meek and humble spirit, when we go the second mile, pursue purity of heart, and give generously to those in need, when we love our enemies and live in fervent faith, we’re demonstrating that we’ve been with Jesus.
When people see those character traits genuinely coming from us,
they have the chance to recognize us as those who have been with Jesus.
I confess my life doesn’t always show this. It breaks my heart to say that, but it’s true. And I’m sure I’m not alone in that confession.What if we raised the bar for ourselves? What if we chose to live in such a way that those around us could recognize us as people who had been with Jesus?
I don’t know about you, but I want that testimony. I want that to be the highest recognition of my life. Even more than being recognized as my husband’s wife or my parents’ daughter, I want to be known as one who has been with Jesus.