This New Life

"The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. . . . Then the high priest and all his associates . . . arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 'Go, stand in the temple courts,' he said, 'and tell the people all about this new life'” (Acts 5:12, 17–20). 

On Wednesday evening we received a testimony from a lady in our church. With a smile and great joy, she reported that God had healed her right arm, which had been prayed over at our most recent healing service. She was full of enthusiasm and excitement, describing how she's now able to do dishes all day long (cf. Matt 8:14-15)! Praise God! Testimonies like this add a certain potency to the Gospel—certainly not something that's lacking in the Gospel, but confirmation and validation of the hope that we have as Christians. This woman will always have this healing as part of her testimony of "this new life."

The world needs to hear your testimony of this new and glorious life we live in the presence of Jesus Christ. Each one of us have something in our lives that we can point to as "new," compared to who we were and how we used to live before we knew Jesus. I'm quite confident that when you talk to people there is ALWAYS something you can share with them about "this new life." The joys of waking up to a cup of coffee and prayer, the blessing of praying with your spouse, the privilege of forgiveness, hope for tomorrow, etc.

Please don't think that anything "new" about your life in Jesus is too menial or not worth sharing. The angel commanded the apostles, not to preach the Gospel or the resurrection or the doctrines of imputed righteousness or reconciliation, but to simply go into the temple courts, the city's most popular area of commerce and festivity, and talk about "this new life." You do the same! Go out and talk about your new life in Jesus! I promise you, it will make a difference . . .

- Pastor Roy