Scripture: Acts 5:27 When (the authorities arrested the apostles) they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” …41 As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 42 And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.
Observation: There were a handful of disciples who were tasked with sharing a message that would change the world. There is NO WAY they should have been successful. They were not impressive people to begin with. There was powerful opposition to their cause. But, by the power of God in the Holy Spirit, they fulfilled their duty. God did an audacious thing through a relative handful of ordinary people.
Application: We’re coming to the end of a calendar year and I’m wondering what the next year will hold. I’m drawn to the boldness of the apostles’ ministry in Acts. I mean, there is no human way possible they should have succeeded. But empowered by the Lord, their ministry changed the world forever.
I’ve seen this sort of thing before. When God’s people mobilize, taking on what appears to be impossible, God has a way of showing up in their midst. I feel like I’ve been playing it safe for a few years now – especially in the area of church leadership. Here’s a question I’m pondering this morning:
What is the impossible thing God wants to do through me and/or the people I lead?
Prayer: Lord give us grace that our dreams might not be too small, for we were created to do the impossible. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.