Acts 5:40-41
“And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”

You have probably been in a public place and noticed that one couple in the corner watching your family. They see the long hair and the skirts, they see the kids moderately behaving, and they notice something a little different about you. They see Jesus Christ in you.

The Apostles were a different sort of fellows. Not only because they preached on the streets the “heresy” that was being spread around the world, but because they had a different atmosphere about them. They spoke, acted, and looked different for some reason. The pharisees could see this openly and they hated it. They had the Apostles beaten whenever they could lay their finger on something they did wrong. However, the Apostles would walk out rejoicing. They would be beaten and walk out and rejoice that they were able to suffer for Christ’s sake.

What do you do when people look at you a little funny? Do you rejoice or feel ashamed? We are not supposed to be odd or isolated like the Amish, but we are supposed to show openly that we have Christ living in us. We are to show openly that we are the Bride of Jesus Christ.

When you are looked at a little funny, rejoice.

60-0108 - “Conference With God”
The Pharisees come out and said, "They can't have such a meeting in the city, because it would only bring a bad result." So, they brought them together at the Sanhedrin court, and beat them unmercifully, and put them before the jury of the Sanhedrin court. And when they stood at the court, and they said, "We perceive that they are both ignorant and unlearned," (no seminary did they ever have an experience from), "but we had to take notice to them, that they'd been with Jesus," because the same things Jesus did, they were doing. "We had to take heed that they had been with Jesus." Oh, that's what the church needs today: such a power that they'll have to take heed that you've been with Jesus. That's my heart's desire, to live a life that people knows that Christ lives within us.

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