Have You Been With Jesus Today?

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I am finding that Scripture verses speak to me more now than they have for a long time.  Most of the time they seem to come in the form of questions.

Acts 4:13 was that verse today.

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.  

The particular sentence that grabbed me?

They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

Wow.  

I think I had always taken this to mean that they recognized them in a physical way.  Had seen them with Jesus.  Knew who they were.

Today, the statement hit me differently.  

Am I living my life in such a way that I can be recognized as someone who has been with Jesus?

What a convicting question.

And the answer to that depends entirely on me.

Am I spending enough time with Jesus through prayer and reading Scripture to even enable me to be seen in that light?

Am I open to the proddings of the Holy Spirit?

Do I walk as Jesus walked, with love and compassion.

I’m afraid that my answer is not always be what I want it to be.

Yet, that in and of itself is an important awareness.

It tells me I need to spend more time listening to God, than talking to Him.  (That whole two ears and one mouth deal!)

It tells me I need to stay close moment by moment.

It tells me that I truly need the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me.

It also tells me that I have a new goal for my life.

Not only do I want to walk in a manner worthy of Him, I pray that those I encounter know that there is something “different” about me - with that difference being it can be easily seen that I have been with Jesus.

Not an easy task by any means,

but one that is entirely my own choice.

Father God, I pray that day-by-day, as we walk through this world,  we will live a life that declares without a word, that we will be recognized as being ones who have been with You.  Amen and amen

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