In Acts 4 Peter and John had been thrown into Jail by the Sadducees for preaching the Gospel. They’d been beaten and released and told not to preach. This is the same Peter that had denied Christ to the Sadducees a month prior, but was now bold about the Gospel and joyful about being beaten. He reported to his team after being release about his jail time and they prayed and worshiped together. Here’s what it says in Acts 4:31
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Would I be that bold? Would I be that joyful after a beating and jail time?
Then after healing from my wounds, I’d likely need some time to heal…maybe a vacation…yeah, I’d be entitled to that for suffering for the cause of Christ. But, is that what happens next? No, read Acts 4:32:
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”
These guys were ‘all-in.’ There was no holding back on sharing their faith, standing up to opposition, taking a beating, serving jail time, sharing everything they had, selling what they had to benefit others.
Am I all in?