What does living a life of commitment look like and what does it involve? It could cost us our lives. Are we willing to go that far in following Christ?
The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.
Acts 7:54-60 NLT
Stephen was able to live a life of commitment because of who his life was built upon. We can do the same when we apply the same five principles in our life.
(Trust) Jesus in private
(Lead like Jesus) with your family
(Imitate) Jesus in everyday life
Live like Jesus when (things get tough)
Love like Jesus even if it (cost you everything)
Saul agreed with putting him to death. On that day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the land of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him. Saul, however, was ravaging the church. He would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison.
Acts 8:1-3 HCSB