On their way to the temple, Peter and John healed a man, lame from birth. Naturally, a crowd gathered, and Peter spoke to them about Jesus. As a result, Peter and John were arrested; however, “many who heard the word became believers, and their number grew to about five thousand.”
I wondered how many opportunities I’ve had to tell the story of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection – but didn’t. In other parts of our world, people are martyred for being Christians, but not in the US. So, what was holding me back? I have discovered several possible answers.
In my youth, I wanted to be like my peers. Since virtually no one was spreading the gospel, I didn’t either. It was good to read Peter’s words in verse 16, “I know you acted in ignorance.” It doesn’t excuse the behavior, but it helps explain it.
As I matured and my faith grew, I began to share the good news of Christ. I clearly recall inviting friends to church, and many took me up on it. Not all, but quite a few became practicing Christians. And I continue to share the message.
Increasing our knowledge and understanding of the scriptures is vital, but we also need to LIVE our faith. We can accomplish this in part by sharing the Savior with everyone we can at every opportunity. We may not always be successful, but God expects us to keep on trying. If we do, He will do as Peter promised in verse 20, “… the Lord will provide a season of relief from the distress of this age…” We certainly need relief from the distress of 2020!
What opportunities have you had that you missed? What opportunities have you grasped? What are you doing to improve?