My wife and I were studying the story in Acts 3 where Peter and John healed the man lame from birth. After people ran forward and a crowd gathered, Peter preached a short but powerful message to them. In the next chapter, they experienced immediate resistance as the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees had them arrested. Notwithstanding the arrest, the number of men who came to believe in Jesus was 5,000 (Acts 4:4). The next day, the elders and scribes asked them to explain their involvement in the healing event and once again Peter, who was filled with the Holy Spirit, told them even more about Jesus:
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated common men, they wondered; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man that had been healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition (Act 4:13).
Notice what Peter and John had and what they did not have during these events. They had the Holy Spirit and the opportunity to give the message. That’s it. And that is all they needed. They did not have: a PA system (even a megaphone), a radio program, a blog, a website, a printing press, a telephone, telegraph, video camera, computer, fax machine, DVD, MP3 or any other electrical invention. They just stood up and spoke and the results changed the world. This happened!
If we could see the opportunity to speak the truth in love to our friends, neighbors, and family, it is certain that we can make a huge difference in their lives. Face-to-face is still the strongest communication by far.
I am fascinated by technology and much of it is extremely useful. After all, this is a blog! The problem is our message is crowded out with millions of other messages as each person can be their own expert, have their own platform, and so on. But, just as in Peter and John’s day, people can’t discount your personal testimony, which is still the most powerful message of all. I have been thinking a lot about that after reading this passage and making sure I am not so busy with technology that I don’t notice the important people around me! Look around you and see the opportunity before you right this minute and remember, be like Peter and John!