"I'd Rather Not Say" (Acts 4:20)

When I was in college, I took a course in religious studies examining sacred traditions in India and China. The professor was a pioneer in the field and her expertise was in Hindu and Buddhist doctrines. After I completed her class, I engaged in an exit interview with her. Out of curiosity I asked her, “Professor, what is your religion? What do you believe?”

“I’d rather not say.” She smiled at me. “I feel religion is a very personal issue.”

I politely nodded and ended the conversation.

A few months later, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. From the moment I was saved, I experienced great joy. It was a joy that I wanted to share with others. It was motivated not from arrogance, but from gratitude. The God of the Universe loved me and wanted to reconcile my lost and wayward relationship with Him. How could I not rejoice?

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Acts 4:20

The Apostles understood this joy. Although they were instructed to not speak anything more about Jesus Christ, they could not and would not. Their joy and enthusiasm for Jesus Christ could not be contained!

As I reflect upon my professor’s statement, it saddens me to think that some people go through their lives keeping their beliefs bottled up inside of them. If we have found a pearl of great price or found something we thought we had lost but then found, we would want to share this news with everyone around us.

If you are believer and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, there is no greater or joyful news that you can share with another. We love because He first loved us!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.