Acts 7:54-60 NLT
The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them,
“Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they stoned him, Stephen prayed,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.
Reflection . . .
This passage records the first Christian Martyrdom of Stephen. It’s a great testimony to the inner work of God to transform the heart and mind of his followers.
How strong is our faith in Jesus? It is strong enough to take on whatever comes — persecution, threats, ridicule, even death? What would it take for us to be so sold out for Jesus that we’d do anything to give testimony to Him?
Perhaps today you need to take a few moments to recommit your life to the Lord, to honour and serve Him alone!