Devotions By Jan

Bold Highlights

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Scripture for Today:   Acts 4:13   “When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus.”

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No, this is not me. I am not that bold! But highlighting hair has been practiced as early 4 BC as the Greeks would apply a mixture of olive oil, pollen and gold flakes. With this application the women would sit for hours in the sun. It was not until the 1400’s that the addition of chemicals made for a better result. At that time highlighting involved alum, honey, lemons and sulfur! Methods today are much more effective in drawing attention to distinctive coloring.

Today’s verse describes two men who were uneducated and ordinary; Peter and John. What made them remarkable and amazing was that they had spent time with Jesus and it showed. Like highlighting hair, the fact that they knew Jesus drew attention! Because of their closeness to Jesus, they were able to live and testify with boldness. Christ made that much of a difference in their lives.

Christ is the power and wisdom of God. I am thankful that He chooses what is foolish to confound the wise! He chooses the weak to confound the mighty!  (I Cor. 1:27) That means that what was said about Peter and John can potentially be said about me as well! It is Christ in me that sets me apart and makes me different. I want Jesus to be seen in my every-day life. He is to have the attention and the glory for everything positive. It does not matter that I did not attend an Ivy League school. It makes no difference that I am not a big name. It is His life in me that makes life amazing!

Lord, highlight my life with Your presence today!

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