Escape from The Misty Flats

 13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 ‘What are we going to do with these men?’ they asked. ‘Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.’ 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’
21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

Acts 4:13-20

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. 

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 
I used to be jealous of people who could tell dramatic stories of how they had found Jesus. When I was a teenager the benchmark “testimony” seemed to belong to Nicky Cruz, a violent   New York gang leader whose salvation story featured in David Wilkerson’s Christian classic, “The Cross and the Switchblade”. I grew up in a stable and loving Christian home and genuinely gave my life to Jesus when I was just eight years old. How could my story compete?!

Who can say? But I do not think that without Jesus I was headed for a life of crime and debauchery. I am far too timid and self-conscious. I think it is more likely that I was destined for a life lived on, what John Oxenham describes as, “the misty flats”. Unremarkable, mundane and, in the light of eternity, meaningless!

But Jesus reached across the Cosmos and took hold of me, just as he took hold of Nicky Cruz and two peasant fishermen from a forgotten backwater of the Roman Empire, called Peter and John.  He drew us into His story in which God’s coming Kingdom is revealed and around which everything else in existence centres.  More than that, he gave us a vital part to play as he entrusted to us the gospel message which has power to save men and women from Hell.

Whoever you are, never underestimate the value of your salvation story or the enormity of what you have been called into. And if you have not yet responded to Jesus’ call on your life, do not underestimate what you risk missing out on. There is literally nothing more exciting or important that we could give our lives to.
  1. Take a moment to remember how you first come to Jesus. Maybe even write it down. Then spend time thanking Jesus for choosing and saving you.
  2. Read Acts 4:13 and 1 Corinthians 1:27 again. How do you feel about being described in such lowly terms?
  3. Which do you think is more likely to get in the way of you being used by God; pride in your own achievements or unbelief about how God might use even you?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for taking hold of my life and facing me in a completely new direction. I repent of any lingering attitude that either takes pride in myself or dismisses what you might do through me. I submit my will to you afresh and declare that I belong completely and unreservedly to you. I will boast only in you and I make myself wholly available to you today. Let your Kingdom come in me and let your Kingdom come through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Today’s Everyday Devotions were written by David Featherstone, who leads our Sutton venue.

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