From Pastor’s Desk:
At this Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke to them, “Leaders of the people and elders, if we are being called in question today over the matter of a kindness done to a helpless man and as to how he was healed, it is high time that all of you and the whole people of Israel knew that it was done in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! He is the one whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, and it is by his power that this man at our side stands in your presence perfectly well. He is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone’. In no one else can salvation be found. For in all the world no other name has been given to men but this, and it is by this name that we must be saved!” – Acts 4:10, 12 PHILLIPS
Many instances in the Bible we see God using people in various ways that, had it been up to us, we never would have made the same choice.
For instance, Paul taking the gospel to Rome to stand before Caesar. On the way there, he was able to share the gospel with King Agrippa. Remember him? He was the one who told Paul that Paul’s words almost persuaded him to become a Christian. Examining all the possibilities of potential preachers to carry the word to Caesar, who else but this “Pharisee of the Pharisees,” versed in the Law, able to expound on it from the beginning to his present time. Add the determination to do, until the end, that which God had called him to do, God made a pretty good choice, don’t you think?
Now consider Peter, in the setting of today’s verse. Didn’t pull his punches, did he? When he got through berating the “Leaders of the people and elders” they must have thought they had been attacked be a verbal buzz saw. Truth being that which hurts much of the time, he laid the responsibility of Jesus’ crucifixion on their shoulders; undeniable and irrefutable. Then he turns the issue into one of a saving nature by telling them that there is no other name by which one can be saved. Talk about a presentation of the gospel in a nutshell!
Why did God choose Peter to face down the leaders and elders? Unlearned in the Law, unskilled in the art of verbal presentation and deliverance, forthright to a fault, and just a rugged, weather-beaten fishermen, yet he was chosen out of all the rest to defend the gospel.
You may be in a place today wondering why God chose you to do what you’re endeavoring to do. Maybe, on the surface, and as yet, it is not working all that well. Don’t lose heart. God knows who to choose to do what He wants done.
God is not asking you to take the gospel to Rome (unless He is). Nor is he asking you to stand before the leaders and elders (well, maybe) and defend the gospel and your actions. But He is asking you to do what He has called you to do, and maybe, just maybe, you need to quit questioning “Why me?” and just get it done.