I’ve been reading the Book of Acts the last couple of days. As I read I am reminded and convicted that the book is about the “acts” of the early followers of Jesus. They did not simply say they were believers; they acted it out each day in the way they lived. Many of them made great sacrifices along the way as disciples and many of them died for the faith.
I ask myself, “What am I sacrificing for Jesus? What acts in my life show that I stand with and stand for my Savior?”
In Acts 5, Peter and some of the Apostles were called before the Jewish religious court and were ultimately flogged for speaking about Jesus. After their brutal beating, the Bible says they they left “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name” (Acts 5:41, NIV).
Wow! I don’t know about you, but passages like this challenge me and convict me. Any thoughts?