May 07, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments
Whether you are about to graduate or simply entering your first round of graduate school final exams...perspective is needed. The story of Peter and John in Acts 3-4 offers not only perspective, but hope, challenge, and inspiration. The power of the Spirit upon them, they healed a lame man in Jesus' name, proclaimed the Gospel resulting in at least 5000 believing in Jesus, and were then tossed into jail. After giving a defense at their trial the authorities' verdict about Peter and John was this: Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and recognized them as having been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13) But actually, they had been trained and educated by having been with Jesus. Regardless of the level of degree attained, all of us remain uneducated and untrained, unless we have been with Jesus. Keeping company with Jesus as we study, serve, work, and play is the only sure path toward a Jesus-like ministry of love and power. How great would it be for each of us, whether student, faculty or staff at Denver Seminary, to have as our distinguishing characteristic to be known as "having been with Jesus."