Written by: Tim Wood

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.   (Acts 4:13 ESV)

 The Sanhedrin Council, (they in verse 13), witnessed boldness in Peter and John. This is interesting because just a few weeks prior to Acts 4, Peter had denied Jesus before a young girl. No boldness whatsoever. He wept bitterly and fled in fear. Now, he’s filled with boldness. Now he’s teaching in front of the most educated people in his culture. Now he has an audience with the “power” people and he delivers a powerful message.

Compared to their audience, Peter and John had little education. Compared to their audience, Peter and John were common. They were average. But these “A listers” were astonished at Peter and John. Why?

They recognized that they had been with Jesus. They understood that Peter and John had learned from the Master of masters. It was more than just knowledge of him. It was more than just a casual relationship.  Being with Jesus produced a dynamic power in them that transformed them from the inside out. It had nothing to do with money or education or status. It had everything to do with them being with Jesus, following him on a daily basis.

Being around Jesus is not being with Jesus. Being around Christians is not being with Jesus. Being around Christian events is not being with Jesus. Being around the church is not being with Jesus. Being with Jesus is being filled with His truth and His grace in such a way that it changes you. It’s believing in Him in such a way that rivers of living water flow from us.

Have you ever felt like you are over your head when it comes to serving? Have you ever felt unqualified when it comes to matters of faith? Unprepared when it comes to being bold for Jesus? This verse offers practical hope to you. It’s not talent or education or wealth or status that qualifies someone to do great things for God. It’s being with Jesus. And that’s something we all can do.