My devotional today was from Acts 4:13. The rulers of Israel, possibly some of the ones who had killed Jesus, saw and heard Peter and John preaching Jesus. The passage says, “When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus.”
The force of the inceptive imperfect verbs here is amazing. These rulers began to be amazed and began to recognize these men had been with Jesus. Yes, they began to be amazed, but that amazement kept going.
Being with Jesus (hearing and obeying his will) makes people like that. They change. Those who are sin-sick begin to recover and get stronger spiritually. Those who are weak find strength growing in their souls. Those who have never been able to help others find themselves reaching out. Those who are unfaithful and distant, when they begin doing Jesus’ will, find they begin to draw closer to God.
Being with Jesus makes all the difference. James wrote, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded,” (James 4:8 NET). God is willing to draw closer to you, but you must be willing to be changed by the crucified son of God.
Are you ready to be amazed?