Acts 4:18-20 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
I just can’t help it! There’s certain things you can’t help – loving your kids, kissing a baby’s cheek, eating a piece of chocolate cake set in front of you. The good things of life draw us in and we can’t help but participate in them. They are so exciting or so cute or so delicious that we feel compelled to be a part of them. It’s not that we literally can’t help ourselves, it’s just so hard to contain. It feels impossible! What is it that you can’t help but doing?
Peter and John, couldn’t help talking about Jesus. They were so filled up, so overflowing, and so excited about the work of Christ, that they couldn’t contain it. Even when ordered by the court to zip their lips, they couldn’t… no wouldn’t, do it. It’s not that they couldn’t, is it? It’s more that they wouldn’t. They technically had a choice, but having weighed out all the risks, they made the decision to overflow. They made the decision to keep talking about Jesus.
It’s a decision that we don’t often make as Christians today. I think it happens for two reasons. First, it’s because we aren’t overflowing. We aren’t so connected and so filled up that it just has to make it’s way out. We live our lives on empty and when we do grab a hold of Jesus, it’s to consume Him, not share Him. Second, we are afraid – afraid of what people might think, afraid of getting in trouble, afraid of sounding foolish, afraid of losing friends. What happened to a faith that we couldn’t help sharing? What happened to our excitement about a God who has radically changed our lives? We should start talking about Him to others. We should return to, “I just can’t help it!”