Deepen the Connection
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for 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.
I probably don’t have to sell you on the idea that we live in a very distracted world. We move immediately from one thing to the next, and the longer the pause between activities or devotions, the more heightened the anxiety becomes. How are we ever going to reproduce our lives if we don’t slow down long enough to spend time with those who need us for the long walk of obedience?
This is a crucial realization and application for a disciple if a disciple is ever to be “like” his teacher. For if a disciple is never “with” his teacher, he is not truly a disciple. For much of my life, even the times when I felt like I was being discipled, I was not much more than a hard-drive, a temporary storage receptacle of downloaded information. In our culture, that is the default process because it’s the easiest part of discipleship. Information is certainly key to discipleship but not at the expense of relationship.
The earliest disciples of Jesus were not merely recognized as His followers because of what they knew or how they parroted His preaching. There was something more. Maybe they were recognized as His disciples because they were starting to carry themselves the way Jesus did. Their boldness would certainly validate the observation. And probably, they were recognized as those who had been with Jesus because they were actually seen with Him. Where Jesus was, so were they. On your journey as a disciple, is there another human being--someone you share life with either working or playing--who looks so much like Christ that you want to be like him? What does life look like when you’re with him or her? How can you deepen this connection?