Sunday, August 2, 2015

Let's give Jesus all the credit!

A miracle happened. People were going crazy over it, amazed at what they saw. Authorities caught wind of it and knew they had a problem. People were getting out of hand. So they brought in Peter and John and attempted some damage control.

What a blur. What a scene that must have been so soon after Jesus' crucifixion. The intensity level must have been extreme. And you can feel what's coming as the religious leaders ask Peter and John, "By what power or by what name have you done this?" (Acts 4:7). 

Peter had likely been chomping at the bit for the entire night that he and John spent in custody, praying for God's help for the moment he would finally be able to address the same men who had caused him such fear on the night he had repeatedly denied knowing Jesus. 

So filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said, "Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole!" (Acts 4:10)

There it is! The name of Jesus spoken clearly and boldly before all! No shrinking back this time. Jesus got all the glory! 

And as I read this today, I found myself wondering how often life presents us as Christians with great opportunities to exalt His name before a watching world – to give Jesus public credit for the mercies He performs. This is obviously possible to do with dramatic miracles, but can also be done in the ordinary occurrences that we more often simply whisper quiet prayers of thanks for, such as safety on a trip, provision for a project, good health in virus season, a beautiful sunny day, a profitable business deal coming through, a baby sleeping through the night - the examples are endless!

We can intentionally and enthusiastically proclaim Jesus' goodness in all these circumstances and more – every chance we get – as we share life with our family and neighbours and workmates. And as we do, may the people around us marvel at the God who helps us each and every day in ways that radiantly reflect His great love for us.

© 2015 by Ken Peters

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