When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
At first glance it wouldn’t seem like I had much in common with these guys. They’re avid hunters, I haven’t hunted since I was a teenager. They’re anglers and although I enjoy fishing, I’m not that good at it. They can fix anything, while I don’t own any tools. So what’s the connection you may ask? It’s Jesus and His Grace.
Now please don’t misunderstand, they’re no claims of perfection in that statement. In fact if you know any of the fellows in the above picture you may think they still need lots of “Divine help.” And while that is true, you should have known them before they encountered Jesus and His Grace. I’ve seen it first hand in their lives, as we’ve laughed together, cried together and worshiped together. There have been times over the last few years, and even in recent weeks, when one of these guys would say something to me and I knew I was hearing from heaven.
While none of us have “Made it” spiritually, I can certainly say I’ve seen transformation in their lives and mine. There’s something that Jesus and His Grace can do in your life that religion can never do. Keeping the rules for the sake of “rule keeping” will never change a life. But, encountering Jesus and His Grace will do an inside job that everyone can see.
That’s the same transformation that was seen in the early disciples. These “ruff as a cobb” fishermen and tax collectors had their lives radically changed as they had a first hand encounter with Jesus and His Grace. They went from timidity to boldness and were able to accomplish amazing feats in the name of Christ and for His Glory.
There may be parts of your life that still may be a little “rowdy” or “rough around the edges,” but don’t let that stop you from pressing in to Him and receiving His underserved Grace and Favor on your life. The more time you spend with Jesus, the more people will recognize Him in you.