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Even after Jesus had ascended into heaven, the evidence of his touch on a person’s life is astounding and shocking. Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:13-20
Years ago, at the time of Kobe Bryant’s serious trouble he had with a woman in Colorado, I announced to our congregation that I wanted to invite Kobe to sit in a chair I had placed at the front. The muttering and murmuring simmered around the auditorium. There was great tension in the air. THEN, I placed another empty chair and said, “Let’s invite Jesus into the room to sit right here.” To everyone’s amazement, the muttering and murmuring was quickly hushed into a deafening silence. It was a kind of holy hush! When Jesus entered the room, everyone saw things differently. This was the supernatural touch of Jesus on the hearts of the people!
No matter what the touch of Jesus accomplishes in the life of a person, there is always the same result. Each and every person comes to the point of repentance. “Repentance” gets a bad rap. Most think of repentance as a highly emotional decision-a dramatic conversion experience. Now, repentance may include such emotion, but basically repentance means to change your mind about something or change your direction-turn around. It is usually referring to turning back to God-getting back on track. I like to think about it as simply coming to your senses.
When you’re looking for Jesus everyday, you will find him actively seeking those who have lost their way. What Jesus wants from you is to be aware of his activity, cooperate with him in his many encounters with people around you and to do whatever you can do to advance the conversation of Jesus in the marketplace. You see, when you are looking for Jesus every day, you begin to partner with Him. To be a partner with Jesus is to participate in bringing people to their senses. By the way, your life will begin to make more sense, too.
When a person encounters Jesus, there is a dramatic coming to his/her senses about material things, about family responsibilities, about finances and about sense of mission. This initial response to an encounter with Jesus indicates a genuine heart decision to follow Jesus every time.