Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by oat least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits,and they were all healed. Acts 5:12-16
I always enjoy the Tuesday after a Monday Holiday. Everyone, it seems, is running on a different clock for the week and it always seems to carry on into Wednesday, Thursday, and usually leaves us with a quick week and an early Friday! I love it! Although the holiday yesterday, our men’s group still met and the theme for the evening rounded around 2 points… #1 – We are now living “In Christ” …. and #2 – “Be Watchful” …
I touched on the #2 point last week, but this morning in Acts this verse here jumped out at me and I’m not sure why i never noticed this before… The setting is the Apostles are performing miracles, healings, and witnessing across the region. Many signs and wonders were regularly done; of course, they were “In Christ”, we expect this of those in Christ and I believe this to still be the case today. Miracles and wonders are taking place every day through the Lord and His children, lest how often we choose not to notice them, they are there regardless. But see next…. “None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.”
Wait, what? None dared join them? This is hanging me up a bit here friends. Perhaps imagine IF WE WERE THERE… here are these MASSIVE healings and miracles taking place, we are watching them happen with our own eyes, we are even getting BLESSED perhaps by some of them being performed over us, yet we DARE NOT JOIN THEM?
How much does that sound like a couple dudes you may know? Let’s role play that out a bit more…
Friend – ” oh my life is just a wreck, so hectic, so much chaos… i just can’t get on top of stuff lately”
Barnabas Man – ” Man, that sounds stressful for you, perhaps you can join my family next week at church, you know we’d be happy to go there together with you.”
Friend – ” oh I know that’s been in your life for awhile, I’ve seen what your like around Bob and Tony. Thanks anyhow, I’m just not a religious type guy…”
You play it out with those around you. People are watching your life. They are watching my life…. they see what you are inside and out and when you are IN CHRIST, over time HIS LIFE starts showing up more and more to the unbelievers, and even to the believers. YET THEY DARED NOT JOIN THEM…. why? Are they IN CHRIST? are they embarrassed of the KING, the Great I AM, the Wonderful Counselor? Did they not hear from someone of His exact intent of restoration for their life? Did i forget to act the witness that I claim for myself?
It is so hard to imagine anymore to wake up one day and NOT WANT TO WALK under HIS REIGN, for we are IN CHRIST. Over time, although we still are in our flesh, our walks WILL resemble His Kingdom in every way. If they do not I am wondering if we “dared not join them.”
Father, I pray for your will in our lives this morning. Please give us the mind to dismiss babble and ignorance, and to move onto POWER and Strength and Boldness. Lord give us the miracles and the wonder and the awe of YOU and keep us from EVER thinking we have it figured out on our own or need not be watchful for our brother. We are fired up for you God and want the missions. We yearn for more of you and expect your greatness to resonate in our lives as we obey through surrender of ourselves. Father, please keep us pushing toward the cross for each person we influence and make your glory our want. You are the One. You are the One. You are the One.