Been With Jesus?

If someone were to look at you tomorrow morning as you go into work or go about whatever events your day involves – would they recognize that you had been with Jesus. I mean, would they know you had been in His presence at worship today and sitting listening to His Word with an open heart? Would they be able to spot that you started your day (tomorrow) in His presence and thus are walking in His power?

Whoa! Tough and probing questions. Yes they are. But, that is what it will take for us to impact the world for Jesus one person and one relationship at a time. In the book of Acts it states that the enemies of the early Church “recognized that they had been with Jesus.” In the early Church the believers stated, “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard”. (Acts 4:13b and Acts 4:20)

Nothing less will do. You cannot argue someone into the Kingdom. You cannot teach someone enough that they will want to be born again and thus enter the Kingdom. You can, however, share what you have seen the Lord do in your life recently and what you have heard Him say to you about the day you are now involved in. This is a current “now” testimony of what the Lord is accomplishing in and through you today – not yesterday and not 20 or 30 years ago. Fresh daily manna.

Acts 4 goes on to say that in spite of persecution and the threat on their very lives they “continued to speak the word of God with boldness” and that “great power” and “great grace” was upon them all. (Acts 4:31, 4:33). Upon all of them – not just the apostles or the leaders but upon every believer. No wonder they impacted the world and “turned it upside down” and were considered to be radical revolutionaries everywhere they went. They had spent time with the Lord, been personally changed and now went out with confidence and power to change their world one person at a time.

That is still God’s plan today.

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