Today’s Reading | Acts 5-6
A Second Chance
Have you ever been in a situation when, out of the blue, you recall an experience from your past and suddenly your present experience takes on a whole new meaning? You view your circumstance with a new perspective? We see today in chapter five that the Apostles were taken before the Sanhedrin. They were told never to speak in the name of Jesus Christ again. When they refused, verse fourty tells us that they were flogged. What do you imagine went through Peter’s mind as he was led to be flogged? Could it be that he vividly recalled his denial in the courtyard? Do you suppose he felt that he had been given another chance to take a stand for Christ, and he determined he was not going to blow it this time? No wonder he left rejoicing to be counted worthy to suffer for Him. Not only was he worthy to suffer disgrace for Christ’s name, as verse 41 says, but he also made the most of his second chance. Could God be giving you a second chance? When God does give you an opportunity, allow your past to motivate you to do the right thing, not repeat your mistakes. Like Peter, you will rejoice when you make the most of your opportunities.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?