The matter-of-factness of a miraculous life

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

Living in the context of the promises of God and the miraculous associated with it, should be normal in disciples’ lives. There should be nothing complicated about it. Their love for Jesus and their desire to know Him intimately should result in their being blind to the seductive appeal of their worldly environment. Rather, they should be enlightened about the heavenly environment to which they are going and for which they earnestly long.

Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 longed to be at home with the Lord. He also wrote in Colossians 3:1-11 that we should seek the things that are above and set out minds upon them and not upon the things of the earth.

Such intense focus is often misunderstood by fellow-believers and is totally incomprehensible to those in the world who do not know Christ, 1 Corinthians 2:12-16. The intensely focused disciple’s values are vastly different from those with whom they have to do in this world. Fellow-believers who misunderstand such intensity have not yet fully embraced Jesus as their Master, Teacher and Lord. They have merely delighted in Him as their Saviour, despite the fact that they may have been church members for decades. Whereas, the worldly individual, who is total ignorant of spiritual things, considers such intense focus on heavenly matters a threat to their worldly-lifestyle.

As in the case of Peter and John in Acts 3 (when the miraculous suddenly became a mere matter-of-fact in their daily lives) each disciple today is called to the same intimacy Peter and John had with Jesus – the Jesus who wants to live His matter-of-fact, unencumbered life through them. A life lived through disciples who are crucified to the lifestyles of today’s world, Galatians 2:20 and 6:14.

There is an old saying among some world-loving believers, which is heard when they are confronted by sold-out disciples and it goes like is, “They are so heavenly minded; they are of no earthly use.” What a sad indictment on sold-out disciples whose sole euphoria is for the things of Christ.

The times are now upon us wherein the world needs to see sold-out disciples coming forth from Christ’s presence. Disciples who are totally focused on Jesus Christ’s life being lived by His faith in them. A matter-of-fact faith that scoffs at this world’s attractions and those ensnared by them – inside and outside of the church.


Bob Chapman MA


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