“…we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
Evangelism is the one overarching theme of the book of Acts. In Chapter 4, Peter and John are arrested and taken before the Sanhedrin because they were publically proclaiming Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. The rulers, elders and scribes want to stop this “rumor” from spreading and so they warn them to refrain from speaking or teaching in the name of Jesus. Their answer is the verse above. What they have seen, what they now know, is so important, so vital, so life-changing that they literally cannot keep it to themselves. It doesn’t matter what the authorities choose to do to them, they can’t and won’t keep this news to themselves. We see throughout the book of Acts what happens when people won’t keep quiet about Jesus ….”the word of God continued to increase, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly …”Acts 6:7
I’m not sure we Christians feel the same way today. Maybe we take our faith for granted. Maybe we assume that most Americans have heard the gospel. Maybe we’re afraid that talking too much about Christianity is not “politically correct.” Maybe we just don’t want to be different. I’m as guilty of this as anybody.
But think about this –when you read o book, or see a movie that you really love, do you tell somebody about it? When you make a wonderful new friend, don’t you want to introduce them to others? When you find a company or craftsman who does an excellent job, don’t you recommend their service to your neighbor? If you knew of a cure for cancer, wouldn’t you shout it from the rooftops?
So why oh why don’t we tell everybody we meet about Jesus? What He has to offer is infinitely more important than any of those things we are willing to talk about. I’m asking myself and I’m asking you (and someday God will ask us)–why do we keep quiet about what we have seen and heard?