Wow! are we in the thick of it like Stephen?

The Word of God prospered. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased dramatically. Not least, a great many priests submitted themselves to the faith. Stephen, brimming with God’s grace and energy, was doing wonderful things among the people, unmistakable signs that God was among them. But then some men from the meeting place whose membership was made up of freed slaves, Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and some others from Cilicia and Asia, went up against him trying to argue him down. But they were no match for his wisdom and spirit when he spoke. Acts 6:7-10 (The Message)

‘The Word of God prospered’ is a hope in the prayers of many church leaders and committed evangelicals today. As we pray for revival the prayer is that we should see an out pouring of the Holy Spirit like the early church. I wonder though, how much  of the answer to our prayers is in the doing and not the praying! What do I mean? Well, we see that Stephen was deeply involved in the witness of the church to those who did not yet believe. Today, we may pray for revival but perhaps the key is to create opportunity by being involved.

Stephen’s confidence and charisma was such a challenge to those around him that they wanted to shut him up, but because of his God given understanding and ability to speak up for what he believed they were no match for him.

Don’t leave it up to other people today, create an opportunity and speak up for the good news of Jesus Christ!

God grant us the serenity of heart and peace of mind to give good account of the hope that is at work in us. Amen.