Take My Life and Let it Be

12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Signs and wonders, people falling over dead, the gospel being preached and people possibly being healed by the shadow of Peter. What an amalgam of events! This paragraph is actually an introduction by Luke to the next major event, which is the Apostle’s appearance before the Sanhedrin. Luke, however, packs quite a few things in this short paragraph.
The main thing we are putting forth today is the fact that some people dared not join the church, but at the same time, the church had earned the admiration of “the people.” One has to wonder about these polar opposite reactions. In view of the preceding event that caused great fear to come upon the both the church and all the outsiders, plus the fact that it was an act of total hypocrisy toward God that caused the deaths of two people, one might wonder if “the rest” who dared not join them were hypocrites themselves, who weren’t too anxious to be found out like Ananias and Saphirra had been.
The interesting thing that I find in all this is the fact that this event that caused awe and wonder among everybody did not hinder people from being converted to Christ. In fact Luke tells us that multitudes of people became Christians. Why do you suppose that was? I believe from the context of the story that it had everything to do with God showing himself to be real. People saw that God really was showing up among these Christians and it apparently earned the Christians an audience with many unbelievers.
In our day and age, I believe people who are non-Christians are still looking for the real deal. Strangely enough, unbelievers know when somebody who is supposed to represent Christianity is not representing as they should. Unbelievers know when a Christian is acting hypocritically and also when a Christian is the real deal.
This should be a challenge to us who call ourselves Christians to live our life in such a way that the unbelievers around us will see that we live our lives in a truthful, non-hypocritical fashion. When we do, the world will notice and give us an audience so we can share the gospel with them. Someone once said, “You might be the only Bible that some people read.” I think that is important to reflect on as we continue through this week. We close with the words to the old hymn: Take my Life and Let it Be”
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated Lord to Thee
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Let them flow in ceaseless praise

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