Acts 5:27-32 (NIV)

27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”  29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!  30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.  31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.  32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”   

Psalm 107:2 (NIV)

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say this– those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,   

DEVOTION – Akua Gite (Texas)

While in the hospital for three weeks with pregnancy complications, I spent time reading my Bible and The Upper Room.  Also, one of the nurses brought me a radio that I tuned to my favorite Christian station.  The music was soothing and peaceful.

However, as much as I loved listening to this music, a part of me wanted to turn it off whenever someone walked in the room.  I don’t know if I was ashamed or just didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.  Regardless, I felt like a hypocrite.  I felt like I was trying to hide my Christian faith and also missing out on an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life by testifying and ministering.  I could have shared stories of the ways God has given me so much love and mercy – starting with my baby, whom I’d been trying to conceive for over a year.  God has worked in my life in wonderful ways, and I want to share this with other people.

The biblical writer James stated, “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (4:4).  What this says to me is not to worry about what people around me think but to be committed to serve and please God rather than other people.  (See Acts 5:29.)  And if those around me listen to what I say about the wonders of God, then instead of rejecting God, they’ll join in and worship with me.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will choose to be a witness to God’s presence in my life.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to be bold in proclaiming your love and amazing words to those around us.  Amen.