“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” -Act 4:13 (NIV)
We often think that we are unsuited to share our faith with others. Pointing to those who are eloquent in speech and educated in the nuances of the Scriptures, we ask ourselves whether we are truly capable of bringing forth an effective witness for Christ. Yet when we look at Peter and John, we see this assumption debunked. Though they could not boast of any considerable education in the Scriptures, they were able to boldly proclaim Christ and His Truth to the amazement of Sanhedrin, the council representing the Jewish religious elite. How was this possible? It was evident even to the religious teachers that Peter and John had spent time with Jesus. They had heard, seen, and experienced His Word in action. He was the core of their witness. The Sanhedrin recognized that the courage and speech displayed by Peter and John did not come from within themselves, but from their relationship with Christ.
Sometimes we may use our inabilities as a convenient excuse to shy away from those opportunities where God is explicitly telling us to proclaim His Name. But the truth is that wherever we are, Christ has called us to be witnesses for Him and we are to be ready to tell others about what it means to be His children. We can only do so when we have entered into that relationship with Christ ourselves; personally accepting His redemptive sacrifice on the cross and allowing Him to dwell within our hearts. When we submit ourselves to Christ’s perfect will and permit Him to enable us to live according to the righteousness He has bestowed upon us, He will guide our speech and our study of His Word in order to draw others to Himself. Our witness for Christ is not based on our own actions and knowledge, but solely by what Christ does and is doing through our lives. A living relationship with Christ is the most effective witness for Him, and this is accessible to all who genuinely desire to be in His presence and to be made whole in Him.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.