January 31: witness (Exodus 28-29; Acts 7)

As I was reading, I remembered this verse from 1 Peter 3:15 – Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

What is your story of what God has done? What has God done for you? In Acts, we read Stephen’s great sermon. He does not answer the charges made against him, but he gives an answer. Stephen is counted as the first martyr for the Christian faith. Martyr is someone who gives evidence – a witness. As Stephen connects the Old Testament story to what God has done in Jesus, he shows that this faith is not just a set of ideas, but the living truth worth more than his own life.

And I give thanks for Stephen and for all others through history who have been a witness with their words and their lives. I can only hope that when asked to give an answer, that I too will be a witness.

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One Response to January 31: witness (Exodus 28-29; Acts 7)

  1. Frederick A. Hegele says:

    Steve,
    I so identify with your thought—that I hope I can and will respond when needed..The lesson of Stephen is very relevant to the godly power of ‘voice’–particularly at a time when we are called to speak for our Jesus.
    Thank you for your daily voice.

    God bless,
    Fred

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