A man is driving down a road. A woman is driving down the same road from the opposite direction. As they pass each other, the woman leans out the window and yells, "PIG!" The man immediately leans out his window and yells, "STUPID!" They each continue on their way, and as the man rounds the next curve, he crashes into a huge pig in the middle of the road and has a terrible car wreck.
“So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.” Acts 4:18-22
Peter and John were in serious trouble for healing a lame man in the name of Jesus and then preaching in the temple. The man wanted money, but they saw God working and what he really needed, Jesus. What else could they have done? People saw the man healed and they were in awe and they wanted answers. Peter was happy to give them the Answer, Jesus Christ. They were commanded to no longer teach in Jesus name. Their answer: We cannot help but speak the things which we have seen or heard. They had seen a lot! They had heard a lot! They had experienced the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ! They were there on that first Easter and they were not the same. Easter had affected their sight and hearing, past and present. They were now willing and able to look for where God was working. They were now able to hear God speaking to them when He invited them to work with Him and they believed that was their only option.
Some of us are working through experiencing God, not to complete another study, but to hear God speak and to see where He is working. What is the point? God designed us to have a relationship with Him where we find our purpose in Him. Some have been believers for a long time, but all the things they’ve done “for God” have not really fulfilled them. We’ve asked God to bless our efforts for so long instead of listening to Him and following Him. How many of us are watching for where He’s working? What’s stopping us? No one has commanded us to stop talking about Jesus. We must choose to listen. We must choose to be prepared for the opportunities the Lord gives us. Are you ready to “speak the things you’ve seen and heard” or are you hoping people see your good life and turn to God? When we speak for the glory of God, someone’s eternity could be changed. What have we got to lose?
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot