Do you ever get tired of reading books about a guy who wrote a book about a guy who knew God? I do. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love to hear about what’s possible as I read inspiring stories of men and women who carried the presence of God as they walked in this world, impacting thousands upon thousands of people. As I read what’s possible, I am reminded that I cannot stay where I am in my spiritual growth.
So the question remains, what sort of impact am I making?
Maya Angelou said a very profound statement, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”
What will people remember when they interact with me?
How do I make them feel?
Can they feel the love of Christ in the way I treat them? Are my words speaking life into them or am I tearing them down or speaking evil of them?
One of my favorite scriptures is Acts 4:13 NLT – “. . . they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”
These ORDINARY MEN didn’t need any special training in the Scriptures to make an impact. Their impact was a direct result of being with Jesus. Many of us think that we need to read one more book, attend one more conference or get one piece of paper that states we were taught by men who have a degree in the study of God rather than an out of an experience of being with God.
Some time ago I was debating as to whether I wanted to pursue getting my masters in theology. As I was doing some research, I discovered that there were over 44,000 denominational variations of Christianity throughout the world. This made me realize that whichever denomination I received my training through, there was a good chance that my “Theology” was going to be different and many times contradictory from many denominations. It was then that I decided I no longer wanted to pursue a “Master of Theology” but instead I have chosen to pursue a “Theology of Being With the Master”.
If you read the context of Acts 4:13 you will find that It was obvious to the “council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law”. These were the guys who were in charge of the Bible colleges, the theology of their day, the denominational bylaws and creeds. Even though they were a religion that was rejecting the life of Jesus, they still were able to recognize that these ORDINARY MEN HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.