As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying, ‘Why were the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans?’ And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. // Acts 4:23-25, 29-31
This story happens only shortly after Peter denies Jesus. I think it shows us God’s way of doing things, and that His Holy Spirit alone brings power and transformation into our lives! Peter, who weeks earlier was known as timid, is now being known as someone who is bold and courageous. The difference maker is Jesus in us, by the Holy Spirit.
How many of us have found ourselves in Peter’s shoes before, denying Jesus with our thoughts, words, and decisions, and immediately think God can no longer work through me?Peter’s life is an encouragement to us all! Because, like him, no matter where we’ve failed in our past, God still has great purpose for us in the future.
his is such a great reminder that Jesus does not discriminate. The Holy Spirit does not work through us because we are qualified but because He loves us. I love that regardless of Peter’s past, God still chooses to do great things through him.
It's not our squeaky clean record that makes us usable to Him, but it's our willingness to allow Jesus to work through us, to be vessels for what he wants to do in people's lives. It's us being aware enough that we have something to offer through our relationship with Jesus. We can choose to put on the full personhood, the full authority of, Jesus by His Holy Spirit.