The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as Peter and John appear before the Council of rulers, elders and religious law including Annas the high priest along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander and his other relatives. It begins also as Peter explains how a crippled man was healed saying in Verse 10, “Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.”
In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is our greatest testimony is not how much we know of Jesus Christ nor how well we know of his word. Rather, it is people seeing “actual change” and “real transformation”. It is in what we do differently, how we love differently, how we treat others differently and how we live differently. Whether when people look at and see you/me they see more of Jesus Christ and less of us instead. Moreover, if is true, real, not-for-show change when no one else, except God, knows or is looking.
Hence, my take away today is knowing and remembering Romans 2:29 which says, “…a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.”