When Peter and John were warned not to preach in Christ’s name, they spoke with power and confidence: 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” (Acts 4: 19-20).
Their answer was a surprise to the religious leaders at that time. But for the believer in Christ, this was no surprise as we remember Christ’s last words to the disciples before His return to the father in heaven. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).They witnessed with the confidence they had in Christ. Our confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit is worth the risk of going to all nations to make disciples, irrespective of the opposition we might face. Our confidence in Him will never fall, it’s a lasting confidence because He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is always with us (Mathew 28 :20).
The confidence we have in Christ enables us not to get distracted from the task of being His witnesses. As we share our faith, the confidence in our voice and the power of the gospel will cause our hearers to exclaim, “what shall we do to be saved?” “Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36).
Serve without excuse. Our Lord and saviour Christ Jesus has a contract with all believers that binds us to serve Him without excuse. “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me “(Galatians 2:20).
He was talking about dying to the things of this world and going hard after Christ in all-out commitment and abandonment of self. That’s why Paul could also say his goal was that “20 Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain “(Phil. 1:20-21). All believers have been offered the role of serving and living for Christ, but some, if not many, have opted instead to live for something else. And there are others who have lukewarm attitudes to serving Christ’s interest because of distractions from other ventures. Christ is against His followers serving two masters. It’s a total commitment, not a split role. You can’t combine the roles. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Mathew 6:24).
Christ needs our full commitment. Set the will of God and His work as your top priority. As far as Christ is concerned, you don’t have any plans of your own. The only thing that ultimately matters to all followers of Christ is their relationship to their master. Let’s serve God faithfully, Jesus’ commendation to His followers who pleas Him is, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Are you serving Christ faithfully? When you are faithful servant of Christ, no task is too small or beneath your dignity. Let’s finish what we start, keep our promises, and fulfil our ministries. We are here to spread the gospel, win souls and disciple them (Mat. 28:18-20). May the Lord help us to do exactly that.