Standing Ovation

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Read: Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60

“And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” ~ Acts 7:56

Susan Boyle spent of her adult life living with her cat Pebbles, caring for her aging mother, and singing in the church. She certainly didn’t look like a musical superstar. That’s probably why the audience laughed at this unassuming middle-aged woman before she performed in a talent show. Undeterred, Susan faced the unfriendly crowd, sang beautifully, went on to receive a standing ovation.

Stephen was confronted by a hostile crowd in the days of the early church (Acts 6-7). A panel of religious authorities listened to lying witnesses accuse him of blasphemy (Acts 6:13). Stephen responded by speaking the truth of God’s Word, which reinforced his faith in faith in Christ. At the end of his speech,”Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (7:56). Then the crowd stoned him (v.58). Jesus, who was watching from heaven, welcomed Stephen home.

Most Christians aren’t confronted with this much hostility. Yet we all need to “stand fast in the Lord” when the pressure is on (Phil. 4:1). We can’t let others silence our voice for Christ. Speaking up for Jesus does not always win the crowd’s favor here on earth, but it does ensure His approval in heaven, where it matters the most. ~Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not belong;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song,
To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory shall reign eternally. ~Duffield
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If you meet opposition, maybe it shows that you are doing something that counts.

Source: ODB Vol. 19

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