Acts 5:17-42

Sometimes, we think that if we deal with something, then it is sorted, but there are occasions when it comes back to challenge us again. This is the case for Peter and John, and their continuing conflict with the religious authorities. Peter and John were in jail; but this was not where God wanted or needed them to be, so the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out, with the command to ‘Go, stand in the temple courts, and tell people all about this new life!’ And Peter and John were obedient to their Lord, knowing the reality of how much this action would cause a return of hostility and persecution. The groundswell of hostility would have had them martyred for their obedience! However, one of their number was someone open to discerning the movement and power of God, and he spoke words of wisdom, words of power, words, I believe, that came from the Spirit of God. He was, what we would call, a ‘person of peace’. He knew his history, and he knew that God was able to work in situations that seemed contrary to what was expected. “For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” The way God had provided a way for the mission to go forward was instrumental in the further movement forward of the good news of Jesus, ‘Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.’

The challenge for us is to trust in the Lordship of Christ, to know that it is his mission, and he will act to make sure that the plans and purposes intended, are enabled, with miracle activity, if needs be, and with wisdom that comes, even, dare I say it, from ‘people of peace’ who are on the journey towards faith in Jesus. As you think about the ways you are involved in partnership with God and God’s mission, how open are you to see and hear what God is doing, and getting on board?

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