Have you ever prayed that God would use you to make a difference in someone else’s life, and then when He answers and brings you a person to minister to, you feel completely in over your head? ? Or, maybe it’s the desire of your heart to pour into someone else, but you’re honestly afraid to pray that prayer because you don’t think you could fulfill such a calling. It is so hard to fight the lie that we’re not good enough, qualified enough, or educated enough.
So often, I find myself asking, “How do I do this and do this well?”
Every time, the answer is, “Keep seeking me.”
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
In Acts 3, we have the story of the lame man who is healed by Peter and John. In Acts 4, Peter and John are being questioned by religious authorities about how they managed to pull it off. The disciples call them out big time, explaining that it is not in their own strength that they performed such a task but through the power of Jesus. The same Jesus that they crucified but God raised from the dead.
You see, the religious leaders saw Jesus face to face but never really knew Him. However, they could recognize (despite the fact that they were completely “uneducated, common men”) that the disciples had been with Jesus.
Can people tell you’ve been with Jesus?
I think we tend to over complicate things sometimes. We have it in our head that to do ministry successfully, we have to have all the answers and fix everyone’s problems. In reality, Jesus never asks that of us. We have put this pressure on ourselves. The only thing Jesus asks of us is this: Keep seeking me and keep encouraging others to do the same.