When I teach big groups, I like to read the following verse stopping abruptly at the words, “perceived that they were ______________ , __________________ men” and ask the audience what do they think is next? Most people say “strong” or “Spirit-filled” or something along those lines. But here’s the verse:

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” ~Acts 4:13

The answer to my fill-in-the-blank is “uneducated, common” men. Uneducated. Common. Words we don’t often want to think of for our founding fathers of Christianity, the disciples. Words we certainly don’t want others to think of in regard to us. If someone perceived that you were “uneducated” and “common,” would you be happy about it? Honestly, most of us would be hurt, especially if you went to college and/or seminary.

But the compliment in this verse in Acts comes with the last statement: “they had been with Jesus.” You see, He is the real reason for any recognition to any of us and He should be. Who cares about any other perceptions of us? I want people to perceive that I walk with Jesus!

-Mark (let this encourage you today)