Read Acts 2:22-38.
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ" (v. 36).
Peter's testimony led to this comment, just four verses later: "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." This message reverberates throughout twenty-first-century society. The world continues to crucify Jesus, rejecting his lordship, deity, and salvation. But does this mean we should keep silent, for fear of being misunderstood, maligned, or even persecuted? I think not. Look what happened when Peter was faithful to proclaim a warning. Yes, many took his message to heart and turned to the Christ of Calvary.
I am a teacher. Yes, all those aptitude tests diagnose me as "creator/teacher," so I really could not avoid having spent nearly forty-five years in the classroom – from elementary through college. Teachers tend to be persistent, especially when trying to ensure their pupils have learned, not just listened to a lecture, participated in a learning activity, or completed an assignment. We watch for signs that the learning outcomes have been achieved. We even list them with this preface: "By the end of this course, you should be able to…" Can you imagine how Peter must have felt when his faithful teaching/testimony resulted in positive outcomes?
Open your mouth and let God's Spirit speak through you,
Then stand back and rejoice in amazement at what He will do. (R. B. Kuhn)
Proclaim HIS message without hesitation, with confidence…always.