After a brief hiatus, I’ve picked up in Acts again in my time in the Word. I’ve been trying to really camp out more in this book. I’m not sure why, but Acts is one of those books that I tend to not read as much as others. I know that sounds bad, but it’s true. I’ve been blown away by the truth I’ve been discovering as I prayerfully read through it. One of the guys that has really stood out to me is Stephen. Whenever I hear his name, automatically I think “Okay, he was the first martyr”, and it usually ends right about there. Too often I’ve scanned over him and have missed what he was made of. Here are some of the phrases from Acts 6 and 7 that described this guy:
“full of the Spirit and wisdom”, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit”, “a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.”, “they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.”
I read those phrases and the thought hit me “This is a man that knew Jesus and Jesus knew him.” The challenge to me is this question: What am I known for? Could any of those things be said about my life? Am I known more for what I’m for, what I’m against, or am I known more for the Spirit of God, His grace and fullness in me? That’s my prayer: God, make me the kind of man that is full of You.