So they stayed there for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified to the message of his grace, granting miraculous signs and wonders to be performed through their hands. But the population of the city was divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
Acts 14:3-4 NET
The Apostles we’re performing miraculous signs and wonders. But it wasn’t enough! People still didn’t believe in Jesus!
Many times we believe that if people see miracles, that it will cause them to completely believe in Jesus and start living boldly for Him.
That’s not the way it works! That’s never been the way it works. It didn’t happen when Jesus did it. It didn’t happen when the Apostles and other early church disciples did it and it doesn’t happen today!
Instead, we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior when we realize that we are sinful and we need the blood of Jesus to cover us and receive forgiveness of our sin! People accept Jesus when they realize that their sin keeps them from the life God has for them!
Miracles will never convince people. They point to the power of God. They testify of His grace. They reveal God’s authority over sickness and sin, but miracles in themselves will never convince people to live for Jesus!
Instead of praying for a miracle, pray that people see their need for forgiveness. Pray that they realize they need a Savior. That makes the difference!
Father, thank You for letting me see my need for forgiveness. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus and allowing His blood to cover all my sin.