Acts 5:28-29 “Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
There comes the point in every child of God’s life where we must choose.
We are presented with a choice to obey or follow our way.
God asks us to give up the familiar and take up our cross and follow.
It may be that the command to do something goes against what we believe. It is at that point we must be able to discern God’s way and all others. Often, our flesh is opposed to the will of God.
Giving in to that first response is comfortable and familiar. Before we act on that first impulse, we must stop and figure out if it is what God wants us to do.
WWJD is an acronym for What Would Jesus Do. The phrase comes from Sydney Sheldon’s book “In His Steps.” Simply put, it traces a church and its response to the challenge of acting like Jesus would if He were in our shoes.
1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
Peter and the rest of the disciples were stepping out of the upper room and carrying out the last command of their Savior.
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
We, too, are given the very same command.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
We are to be faithful witnesses.
Our enemy continuously challenges that very command.
He will do everything in his power to stop us. But do you understand, child of God, that we have higher authority than Satan?
Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
The challenge we face is standing when it is inconvenient or desirable when it might cost us something.
The disciples knew what they were facing. The very governments and religious systems of the day were the ones who crucified Jesus. They knew full well that it might cost them their lives.
But do we?
Do we live in such a way that we can say we are following the commands of Christ today? Not satisfied with partial or halfhearted obedience, but complete submission to God’s will for our lives?
Peter was bold in the Holy Spirit to say to those who stopped them:
“We ought to obey God rather than men.”
God gives us opportunities every day to stand for the Lord. Often, we need to pray to recognize them and seize them to be the witness are called to be.
Today, will you join me in asking for those divine opportunities to be a light in this darkened world?