Proof of Life
“. . . giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord . . .” Acts 4:33
There’s a connection between what we say and how we live. Our way of living doesn’t make sense until Jesus has risen in our heart. Without personally experiencing the resurrection inwardly, we will not see the association of the details of our life with that of the life of Jesus.
Salvation brings the life of Jesus into the soul. It’s through His resurrection that He has the power to convey His life and rearrange our life according to His likeness. Having the resurrected life of Jesus will exhibit itself in the most practical ways.
Peter and John had performed miracles, encountered critics, and seen thousands surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Everything that follows is connected to their personal experience of the resurrection. Think about it. The integrity, quality, and generosity of a believer’s life and the church is the evidence of resurrection.
The most powerful proof of the resurrection is not a beautiful Easter pageant, or even the empty tomb, but a group of people whose life together is so radically different, so completely changed, and utterly generous with their money and possessions, that there can be no explanation other than that the decisive act of resurrection has happened in their hearts.
There is a pattern within these opening chapters of Acts. Pentecost was followed by the first converts’ display of generosity. Peter’s healing of the lame man was followed by the community of believers selling their possessions and giving the money to the church in order to meet the needs of others.
The truth here is undeniable. The early accounts of everyday life in the New Testament church had to do with money. The first followers knew what many of us have yet to discover – the heart and the wallet are connected in a very real and tangible way.
After the resurrection has been preached, experienced, and celebrated, it’s demonstrated through personal generosity. After the decision to be identified with Jesus, His life penetrates every bit of our nature. Jesus takes charge of everything. Our part is to respond to His gracious life at work with generosity.
This week be intentionally generous, pay for someone’s groceries in line behind you. Or buy someone’s meal.