They could not help but speak the things they had seen and heard. Here’s the problem.
19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
Right here is the issue that keeps us from being able to speak boldly and pointedly the glorious message of Christ. We have not seen the greatness of the glorious message.
We have seen what the church or the denomination can do. We have seen what talented musicians can do. We have seen what gifted speakers can do. But, we have yet to see what God can do.
We have God in our box – usually shaped like a church house – and we refuse to imagine that He is or could be anything that is not in that box. And that box was built by folks that we revere so highly that we have never questioned that box. We have never ventured to even peek over the lip of that box to see what God is doing. And since it really takes none or very little of God’s power to meet our tainted expectations, we never see much of God going beyond our expectations. Further, our expectations are so low that they could all be easily met, and people might not see God while it is being done.
Peter and John could not help but speak in the name of Jesus because Jesus had radically changed their lives. They were jailed and threatened for speaking. They were expressly forbidden to speak of Jesus and the resurrection. They stood their ground. Yet in verse 29, they were still asking for boldness to speak His word. They weren’t sure they had spoken enough.
What is keeping us from speaking? Maybe we truly need to see and hear God’s power first hand.
See you SONday
© 2013 SF Gallagher