I Long to Hear...

Monday August 8, 2011

Two men stood before a hostile crowd. The day before, they had been teaching and many believed. But they’d been hauled off to jail, and this morning, they found themselves challenged by a hostile, unbelieving crowd of authorities.

What did Peter and John do? Filled with the Holy Spirit, they spoke the truth.

My favorite part of this story lies in the crowd’s reaction:

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:11)

They saw their courage, realized they were unschooled and ordinary, were astonished, and took note that these men had been with Jesus.

It was clear even to unbelieving eyes.

What do I long to hear?

She’s different; she’s one of His.”
“That one has been with Jesus.”

Linking up today with Michelle at Graceful for Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday.


Amy Sullivan said...

Oh, yes. Sometimes I wonder and worry, am I too much like the rest? Will anyone even see a difference in me? I need to push myself more when I'm feeling afraid.

Unknown said...

great thoughts for this new year.

Jenny Roan Forgey said...

Laura, so funny that this is what you wrote because I came here specifically tonight to tell you: YOU'RE DIFFERENT! Every time I read one of your comments - on my blog or someone else's - I think, "she has such a gift." Of encouragement, prophecy even? I'm not sure, but I know it's something! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Thanks for your sweet words, Jenny!

Unknown said...

This was short, sweet, and good for my spirit tonight. I long to hear those same things. Thank you for sharing!

amanda said...

I've read that scripture before, but I don't know if I've ever noticed those words, unschooled and ordinary. I love how God uses the unexpected and the ordinary for His work. This is good stuff! :)

Lisa Maria said...

Hi Laura

This is my first time linking up over at Graceful and reading everyone else's posts has been such a blessing! My post was about courage too.

I loved this.. she's different, she's one of His. This one's been with Jesus! Amen!!!

Anonymous said...

There is nothing like the Truth to break through the noise and chaos of this world. It is what this world craves. I pray I will speak Truth loud and clear with my life. Thanks for this post.

Michelle DeRusha said...

And I particularly appreciate the detail that they were "ordinary unschooled men." Ordinary. I love that. We don't have to be super leaders or super intelligent or super successful. All Jesus requires is that we ordinary followers take a risk in faith, convey the Good News and above all, love him with all our heart, soul and mind.

And by the way, dear friend, I think you are EXTRAORDINARY!

Tina said...

Love this! Thank you so much for posting it!

... isn't it wonderful that the fact that we have been with Jesus can be so apparent!

HisFireFly said...

You have written the cry of my heart, that people would know I belong to Him!

Great post.

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