THE NORM IS ALTERED

Saturday: April 18, 2020

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

All things being equal, specific combinations of things should generate particular outcomes. As an example, a combination of XY chromosomes at fertilisation should produces a male embryo, that is a question of biology. Extrapolating this into society, courage or confidence usually exists in the presence of education, training and superior knowledge about a matter. In the absence of these, society almost panics and expects weakness to be the order of the day.

It was as though Peter and John were unqualified to exhibit any signs of boldness because they were unlearned and ignorant men. According to society therefore, they lacked the skills needed to possess any boldness. Yet, society acknowledged one other trait ‘that they had been with Jesus. That variable changed the dynamics of the whole conversation they would have.

Mind you, this is no suggestion that formal education, training and acquiring knowledge are unimportant; it was exactly what the disciples were doing while journeying with Jesus. This only goes to disprove precepts by society that only a single specified formula and combination can guarantee ‘success’.

Jesus’ presence introduces a variable that alters this normal and boldness emerged out of society’s definition of ignorance and a lack of education. Those labels and definitions did not have a place in heaven’s library for men and we see evidence of that. Therefore, do not allow anybody to stick a label on you that God does not approve of. Rise above them and explode as your creator made you to be.

#sly

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