"As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard." Acts 4:20 (TM)
It was an extremely cold night in February the night Jesus became real to me. I was a freshman in high school and I had been invited to hear a man speak at a town about an hour away. With my friends Amy and Randy, we drove through the gusty winds of a frigid Iowa winter. I sat and listened to a guy talk about Jesus. While I may have heard similar words before, I had never understood the message before. A veil was lifted from my heart that night. I entered into a relationship with Jesus. My life changed.
I walked into the family room in the basement of my house where my dad sat reclined in his lazy boy watching television and my mom sat on the ugly plaid love seat folding laundry. I couldn’t wait to tell them what had happened to me. I told my sister that night. I told my friends. I shared it with teachers. In fact, I’m sure it was really, really annoying for people.
I understand that not everyone has a momentous salvation experience with Jesus. A miraculous, momentous event is not a requirement to genuine faith. The faith of the guy in the temple crowd who quietly put his faith in Jesus is just as worthwhile as the lame beggar who was healed in a flashy display of miraculous power.
Nevertheless, I also understand exactly what Peter and John were saying to the temple leaders. When you experience God, when He changes your life, you can’t keep it in.