Friday, April 21 – Acts 5:29

Apr 20, 2023

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

 

In this passage, Peter and the apostles addressed the Sanhedrin, a group of religious officials who thought and talked a lot about the way to follow God. Using their religious influence to preserve their authority, they told the disciples how they should live and teach. In our culture, there are many voices from media outlets, to authors, to podcast hosts, and beyond that tell us the “Christian” way to vote, follow authority, teach, and live. When we read this passage, we see Peter and the apostles had discernment from the Holy Spirit about what to preach and how to respectfully defend their faith even when it was opposed to the majority.

 

As followers of Jesus, we also have the gift of the Holy Spirit to prayerfully discern and live out God’s Word with respect to the authorities over us. May we learn to practice what the apostle Paul described in Ephesians 5:6-10: “See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), as you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” As followers of Jesus, God has the ultimate authority over our lives and His Word and Spirit are available to us as children of the light.

 

  • What does it look like to seek God’s discernment through His Word and by His Spirit?
  • How has God guided you to respond in an unpopular way in the past?
  • Pray and ask God to help you seek Him through His Word and by His Spirit in all matters.
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