Acts 4-5

Read Acts 4-5.

Sometimes we get to see results. We do the work; we finish the race; we get to see the positive benefits of our efforts. Sometimes, though, we do everything we can but don’t get to see it pay off. Sometimes it even seems that we get punished for our good deeds.

4 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

Acts 4:1-4, ESV

In Acts 4 we read about Peter and John sharing the truth of Jesus’ resurrection, only to spend the night in the slammer for their efforts. Could you imagine sharing the good news of Jesus and immediately being taken into custody? Would you still share if you knew that would be the result? While the text doesn’t specifically say if Peter and John know, it does say that “many of those who had heard the word believed…” (v. 4).

As believers, we are gifted with so many opportunities to show love to others and to share about the salvation that can be found in Jesus. When we seize those opportunities, we have no guarantee that we will see results or even that our efforts will elicit positive reactions, but we do the work because we are called to do it.

How is God calling you to do the work today?

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