Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! Acts 5:29 (NIV)
Who and what are the influences that we listen to today? We would like to say that we answer to God. But should we be so hasty? The Apostles performed mighty works and delivered a great ministry to the world. Did they know what they were talking about when they said that they must obey God rather than men? If miracles, mighty messages from God and opposition are not coming to us in our lives right now, is it possible that we are responding more to men than we are to God?
Our call is not one to fit in. We are not called to follow Christ and also the current trends in religion. We are not asked by God to make adjustments to our reading of His Word so that we do not offend our egos or those of the people around us. We are called to step out and turn to God regardless of what any other person may think! We are called to follow Jesus! We are called to focus on Him before we listen to any person, organization, or acceptable notions they may have. We must push past all that the world may hand us and find our Lord in personal experience. When we do, we will learn what He has for us. Then we will know whether or not we obey God or men.
Many are the voices that would influence us. Many are the people who would ask us to listen to them. Teach us to come honestly to You. Let us seek Your Presence now we pray!