We Cannot Stop Speaking
July 20, 2009
“And when [the Sanhedrin] summoned [Peter and John], they
commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it
is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to
God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking what we have
seen and heard.’” – Acts
Consider the boldness of the apostles’ words: “We
cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” This was
said in the midst of the Sanhedrin, to the religious leaders of
the Jewish nation. The Sanhedrin was a group of men who hated them,
who had imprisoned them, and who were now threatening them (v.
21). Soon, violent persecution would start in earnest, and the
blood would begin to flow.
And yet the apostles never stopped speaking the name of Jesus.
All but one would die a martyr.
Sobering, when I consider how hard it can be to speak up for the
truth, for my faith, and for the name of Jesus to my non-saved
family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Sobering, when I consider how hard it can be to take a stand for
what is right in the community, in politics, in the school system,
or in the corporate world.
Yet we, in America at least, are not typically threatened with
physical violence. The fact is, fear of scorn, the force of peer
pressure, and a general attitude that “I shouldn’t
make waves” is often enough to keep our mouths shut.
Oh, that the fire would burn brighter in our souls! That we would
be able to say with conviction, along with Peter and John, “We
cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard! Listen! Let me
tell you about Jesus!”
- Have you ever not spoken up about
your faith or about Jesus and wished afterward that you had
said something? What were the circumstances? Why didn’t
- Examine your beliefs and heart: do
you truly believe that Jesus is the most important Person in
life? That his Word is ultimate and eternal truth? How would
you gauge your conviction on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being
where Peter and John stood? If your conviction isn’t
at the high end of the scale, what do you need to do to get
- How would you gauge your courage on a scale of 1 to 10,
with 10 being where Peter and John stood? What can you do to
gain greater courage to speak out for your convictions?