Acts 4:13 "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."
After reading this, you have to question weather people have recognized that "you have been with Jesus?" Can people tell that you have had a death to life experience Jesus talks about in John 5:24?
If someone were to visit your church or hear your worship team could they say they recognized that "they have been with Jesus?"
In Francis Chan book "Forgotten God" He says
"let's be honest: if you combine a charismatic speaker,a talented worship band,and some hip, creative events, people will attend your church. Yet this does not mean that the holy spirit of God is actively working and moving in the lives of the people who are coming. It simply means that you have created a space that is appealing enough to draw people in for an hour or two on sunday. It certainly does not mean that people walk out the doors moved to worship and in awe of God. People are more likely to describe the quality of the music or the appeal of the sermon than the One who is the reason people gather for "church" in the first place"
Now lets make this personal. You can combine fashionable clothes , a great hair cut, and the ability to say all the right things but that has only created a space that is appealing enough to draw people in to you for a few minutes. You say you are a chrisitian but is the Holy Spirit of God really actively working and moving in your life. When people leave your presence are they moved to worship and stand in awe of the creator God.
Lets face it many of us do not live this way.
We cannot be conformed to this world any longer, we must be transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) We need to honor Christ the Lord as holy and in all our ways acknowledging Him who makes our path straught. (1 Peter 3:15, Proverbs 3:6)
So as you go throughout the day remember Acts 4:13. Be bold and live in such a way that people can say you have been with Jesus.
By Vilmaris Conigliaro