In the Face of Death
Someone asked me once, “Are you willing to die for Christ?”
I couldn’t answer the question. I knew the answer I should give but I could not say I would die for Christ. I have now been changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and would give my life for the sake of the Gospel without any hesitation. Granted in America we do not find people dying for their faith but we do see persecution. All of us, as believers, need to evaluate our faith and ask ourselves, “Am I willing to get ridiculed, spit on, harassed, lose friends, and die for Christ”?
Stephen did. In Acts 7 when he spoke the truth of the Gospel in front of the Jews. He ultimately paid the greatest penalty for following Christ in Acts 7: 54-60:
54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Stephen showed boldness in his proclamation of the Gospel. We live in a different time than Stephen. We have the freedom, currently, to speak freely about Jesus. Are you taking advantage of that? And when our rights are taken away, which may come sooner than later, are you ready to face death to share the Gospel?
- “What Does the Bible Say About…Martyrdom” -newcreationperson.wordpress.com