Verse of the Day Devotion: Act 4:20
“For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” – Act 4:20
Peter and John had been arrested by the Jewish leadership for teaching the people about Jesus, proclaiming that He had been raised from the dead. This, of course, upset them because this would turn the people away from their teaching. So Peter and John were put in jail while the leadership discussed the matter.
After a time, they were released, but with a warning, “And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” Acts 4:18. Here is Peter and John’s response, which we should take to heart. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20.
When we find ourselves in a position where we are told to stop speaking the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is important that we show the absolute truth of our message. The idea that we cannot stop speaking because the eternal lives of all depends on this message. I want to encourage us all to be bold in reference to God’s message to this world. Jesus, the Son of God, gave His life for us so we could receive the salvation that comes through believing the message and receiving His grace. Are we willing to give our lives for this purpose?
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.