Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 ESV)
There was something unusual and amazing about these “uneducated, common men” which made them attractive to the people of Jerusalem. Their presentation of the Gospel – their testimony – and their very manner made people do a double-take and listen to what they had to say. Something about these ordinary men made their words compelling. Luke, the writer of Acts, reveals exactly what made the difference in Peter and John. These ordinary men “had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
Ruth Bell Graham once said, “A saint is one who makes it easy to believe in Jesus.” The life of the Christian should be compelling evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. The believer’s words and actions toward the lost should smack of something special and attractive. We are called to be “salt” and “light” in a world that needs salt and light desperately.
Make it easy for others to believe in Jesus today. Remind yourself that every person you encounter is either lost or saved, and be determined to be light to those who are lost. Everyone needs to feel loved. Breathe a prayer. Count silently before you speak. Smile and be gracious, generous, and slow to anger. You carry the banner of Jesus. Make it easy for others to believe