Not everyone is impressed with the miracles that God does. 

They sent them out of the room so they could work out a plan. They talked it over: “What can we do with these men? By now it’s known all over town that a miracle has occurred, and that they are behind it. There is no way we can refute that. But so that it doesn’t go any further, let’s silence them with threats so they won’t dare to use Jesus’ name ever again with anyone.” Acts 4:15-17 (The Message)

Despite the evidence right in front of them the religous rulers of Jerusalem were not about to believe. By their own confession they were unable to refute the miracle that had taken place. Their only concern was that the news had spread through the city and how were they going to control the people. Those who have power are not going to give it up lightly, even to the rule of the living God, and those who stand up for Christ are dangerous to such people. So what were they to do? They were supposedly servants of God but they wanted power and control not submission and service!

Are we ever like these religious people? Do we want to limit the impact of God’s power in our lives and keep the message of the gospel harmless and tame? If so, are we standing with those who use religion for its benefits rather than following Jesus fully. Jesus said, ‘Whoever serves me must follow me: and where I am, there my servant will also be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.’

May we serve the Lord of life with all our lives and may we welcome the power that transforms us into his image so that our service will be right. Amen.