"Silence is golden." I believe I have heard this phrase and I also completely understand it. However, when I am in the middle of the woods, sitting by a creek, I can't fathom what it would be like to not be able to hear. Close you eyes with me and just think about the sound of the cool, bustling stream as it collides with rock and soil. Think about the birds chirping in the air, each with a unique song and style. Think about the wind blowing through the canopy of leaves and the chorus that it plays. Now, I know, that the "silence is golden" phrase is usually used when someone has been talking too much. I believe there are times we have convinced ourselves that no talking or less talking is better than talking with substance. As we continue our conversation around Acts 4, (you can catch up on the previous discussion here, here, and here), take a look at the importance that Peter and John place on talking:
13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. 15 So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves.
16 “What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. 17 But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” 18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
21 The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God 22 for this miraculous sign—the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years.
Peter and John say "We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard." I believe there is nothing more powerful than your story. You know about the days when Jesus showed up and brought life to your worn out soul. You know about the days when Jesus showed up and brought healing to your hurting body. You know about the days that Jesus showed up and brought resources to your bankrupt financial portfolio. You know about the days that Jesus showed up and freed you from the chains of sin. Please, church, do not let those stories stay silent. Your neighbors, your coworkers, your kids, your parents, your friends, need to hear those stories just like the wanderer in the woods needs to hear the birds sing.
With sincere love for each of you,