READ Acts 5:17-42
Today in a nation around the world and here at home, someone was physically assaulted for their belief in Jesus Christ. Now more than any other time in the history of the church, followers of Jesus are paying for the faith big time.
Imagine receiving a beating as a warning to stop talking about Jesus. Would you quit? Would you go underground, secretly sharing His salvation with others? Or would you do as the disciples did: rejoice that you were considered worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ sake and then go right back to your public
The Lord’s disciples had reached the pinnacle of zealous submission. These men were not compelled by fear or the hope of reward—they faced shame, physical pain, and death because they loved Christ too
much to stay quiet! Faith was no longer a matter of possessing the right doctrines but loving Christ so much that they could not deny Him for any reason.
- People who receive salvation and then sit back, content that their name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life,have missed the point of discipleship.
- Salvation is not just for our benefit; the Lord’s grace also positions us to be used for His glory.
- He intends to live through us, expressing His life-changing principles so that we can impact others. The only hindrance is the restriction we set on our own usefulness.
Limitations and passionate obedience cannot peacefully coexist. Life might seem easier if we choose
when to obey God, but we’ll never be satisfied. Instead, we will always wonder why the Lord does not use us more or bless us better.
Our dedication may at first be based on the promised reward, which is acceptable because blessing is part of obedience. But as we mature and experience increasingly difficult challenges to our submission,
our devotion also grows until we, too, can rejoice when we suffer for His name. We understand the high honor of facing this life the way Jesus did.
“God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.” —Jeremy Taylor
Put yourself in the path of resistance today. Carry your Bible. Pray before your meals. Offer to pray for someone who is troubled. Don’t keep your head low. Allow yourself to be seen as a follower of Jesus today.