Read: Acts 4:1-22
Verse: Acts 4:7- “By what power or what name do you do this?” … 4:14- “Since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say”.
“Preach the gospel at all times and, when necessary, use words.”
Many have heard this famous line, and it’s a nice sentiment, but is it true? Not for Peter and John. They had done an amazing and generous work. They healed a lame man who had been that way for a long time. But when asked, “By what power did you do these things?”, they couldn’t help but share that it was not by their own power, or even by sheer chance, but by the name of Jesus! They declared this even while facing the threat of imprisonment or even death. But they said, “We can not help speaking about the great things we have seen and heard.” So what does that mean for us in our faith?
Think about verse 7: People began asking questions, “By what power or what name do you do these things?”
First, are you taking any risks in your faith that might elicit questions from others? “Why did you help that person?” or “Why are you living that way or serving in that manner?”
Secondly, when was the last time you were able to share about the work God was doing in your life.
People may question things you say about your faith. Perhaps they may even question the motives of what you do when you do good works of service. But when your great works of faith are coupled with great words of faith in Christ, it may very well silence the doubts of others and inspire people to listen more openly.
Let us rework this old quote, “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” The words are necessary and yet have rang empty for many because, too often, the people who are talking about God are either questionable in character or their faith is so inactive that their lives elicit no questions.
Perhaps we can begin to think of the saying differently. How about this:
Live out the gospel in such a way that it makes it necessary to give an explanation.
What is one way you can proclaim your faith with a great act in the great name of Christ this week?