Read Acts 7:31-60
Key Verse: Acts 7:55 “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” (NLT)
Stephen was certainly in the middle of a very difficult situation. He know what these men were capable of yet he decided it was better to lose his own life for the gospel of Jesus Christ than to look out for himself. He uses the people’s own history to show them that they have a terrible reputation for rejecting the things of God. They worshiped idols, rejected Moses, killed God’s prophets, and now they had even killed God’s own Son.
Stephen must have known that what he was saying was going to get him in a lot of trouble. But he also knew that it was the absolute truth and he was willing to sacrifice his own life for the truth. Stephen was truly devoted to God and would stand-up for him no matter the cost.
“What would you have done? Would you have tried to wiggle your way out of the situation or would you have laid it all on the line like Stephen did? It is hard to do but you too can stand-up for God in any circumstance. You do it by being a person like Stephen, “full of the Holy Spirit” (v. 55). The Holy Spirit is your strength to stand- up and Act Out for God.
Prayer: “Lord, I want to be so devoted to you that I would be willing to lay it all on the line for you if need be. Teach me to be like Stephen who forgave those who were hurting him even while they were still doing it.”