“We are unable to stop speaking…”
“When they [the religious leaders] observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and knew that they had been with Jesus…So they called for them and ordered them not to preach or teach at all in the name of Jesus…”
“But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.’”
The disciples were not preaching and teaching about Jesus because someone told them to. This wasn’t part of a church program or an outreach strategy. Methods of sharing Jesus are great helps but sharing Jesus isn’t about methods. It’s about that fact that you have been with Jesus and you can’t help but to talk about the things that you have seen and heard. You cannot stop. You are unable to cease from proclaiming the good news. It’s like a burning in your bones.
Show me a believer who is in love with the Lord, walking right with Him and willing to share Him and I’ll show you a believer that is more than ready to bring others to Christ—even without methods. The religious leaders noticed that the disciples were untrained and uneducated men. But they had something that methods can’t teach: a passion for Christ. Sharing Jesus should be an overflow of your own relationship with Him. Like a sponge that is full of water, when you are full of Christ, you can’t help but to drip Him everywhere you go—in action and in word.
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