Words of Life

“Go and stand in the temple complex, and tell the people all about this life.”—Acts 5:20 (HCSB)

 

As a writer and lover of literature, I’ve always been a William Shakespeare enthusiast. His mastery of the English language and unique poetic style was nothing short of brilliant and well ahead of its time. By far my favorite Shakespearean work is the tragedy Othello. Did you know that the now-famous expression, “the green-eyed monster of jealousy,” actually originated from this work? In the play, the villain Iago, under the guise of a loyal lieutenant, tells Othello, “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

 

When I think about it, there are few things that come to mind worse and more damaging than jealousy. It’s something that can eat away at you, make you toss rationality out the window, and cause you to make terrible decisions with major consequences. In Acts 5, we see this heinous beast of jealousy rear its ugly head, as the high priest, along with his colleagues, imprisoned the apostles. Why? Acts 5:12 (HCSB) tells us: “Many signs and wonders were being done among the people through the hands of the apostles . . .” These men, supposed spiritual leaders, representatives of the living God, saw the apostles healing people and performing miracles in the name of Jesus, and instead of being overjoyed at the work of the Lord in the lives of others, they were filled with jealousy because they weren’t getting the glory and praise. Unbelievable!

 

But the work of the Lord cannot be stopped by wicked, jealous, glory-seeking men. When God wants to accomplish something great, you can be sure it’s going to happen. So an angel sets the apostles free and tells them to go and keep speaking the words of “this life.” You see, the apostles had a message to share—the message of an abundant life through faith in Christ Jesus.

 

And guess what? You, like the apostles, have the words of life . . . the words of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, the resurrection, and the life! And we’ve been commissioned to go into our world to share this message, to preach in the temple complex and beyond, to tell people about the life-changing love of Christ. You’ll likely face opposition; you may even be persecuted by jealous men and women. . .  but God has a work He wants to accomplish through you, and no one can stop God’s work. So, will you, in obedience, enter the temple complex and teach (Acts 5:21)?

 

DIG: Read Acts 5.

DISCOVER: Consider how these words of life have changed you.

DISPLAY: Share the words of life with one person in your world today.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.