“What do you have to say for yourself?” Acts 7:1
Stephen, a new disciple full of God’s grace and energy, stirred up the people of Jerusalem and was taken to be judged before the High Council. The Chief Priest questioned Stephen, “What do you have to say for yourself?” Then the floodgate of knowledge and passion for the Lord opened, and Stephen gave a Cliffs Notes-style accounting of biblical history, beginning with Abraham and ending with the story of Moses.
Stephen’s storytelling ended by tongue-lashing the people, “You continue, so bullheaded! Calluses on our hearts, flaps on your ears! (Vs. 51). That’s all it took for a bunch of rioters to create a stampede of people who pelted Stephen with rocks until he died.
Stephen knew he could face torture by sharing his faith, and yet he kept his promise to tell the story of Jesus. I face no threat of torture, yet I find it hard to share the story to strangers.
Lord, help me break loose from complacency to tell the story of Jesus. Amen.