Sights, smells, and sounds. All three can reveal where we’ve been or what we’ve been doing.
We can easily tell when someone’s been…
- At a BBQ restaurant
- Running around or playing outside
- Cheering for their favorite sports team
- Hunting or fishing
- Cutting grass or working in the yard
- Receiving devastating news
- Out in the rain
I wonder what the Jewish Council saw or heard that caused them to say about Peter and John, “And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13b)? It’s likely the council members had seen the two men traveling with Jesus before. But it’s also likely the previous statements about them being bold, “uneducated, common men” connected them to Jesus as well. They would have placed Jesus in those same categories as well. (Uneducated refers to the formal level of studying the law, not mental capacity.)
What does the world today need to see to recognize that we’ve “been with Jesus?”
- Jesus himself said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
- The “Fruit of the Spirit” are obvious characteristics of the Christian life (Gal. 5:22-23; cf. Matt. 7:20).
- Peter reminds persecuted Christians, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers,they may see your good deeds and glorify God” (1 Pet. 2:11-12; cf. Matt. 5:16).
- Paul commended Christians in Thessalonica, “Andyou became imitators of usand of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with thejoy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lordsounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything” (1 Thess. 1:6-8, emphasis added).
Who are the people in your life whom you know “have been with Jesus?” Are you living so that others know you “have been with Jesus?”