Irrepressibly compelled

God gives courage to the simple and untrained who speak boldly about Jesus. May it be so today!

Urgency of the apostles. In spite of the warning, the apostles continued to speak about the Lord, Acts 4:20; 5:20,21. They talked about Christ because they were irrepressibly compelled to mention Him, I Corinthians 9:16; cf. Jeremiah 20:9.

Ed M.’s devotional today reminds us to not wait for “congenial times” to speak.

Focus question: How will boldness motivate me to speak up today about Jesus’ work of salvation?

  • When I read Bro. Ed’s devotional, I was struck (and I mean s-t-r-u-c-k) by Acts 4:13, “…they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus.” The force of the imperfect active is so amazing here. They began to MARVEL at them and began to recognize these men had been with Jesus.” Being “with Jesus” makes people different because listening and obeying Jesus can make people different. The ignorant and unlearned BEGIN to understand. The sin-sick BEGIN to be made well spiritually. Those without purpose in their lives BEGIN to live with a burning purpose. Yes, we can begin to understand what it means to have been with Jesus.

What say you?