(Acts 7:44-60) – Stephen the Martyr
The truth hurts sometimes, and in this case those upon whom truth had fallen became quite angry.
The good news of the Gospel he preached (and we preach) confronts everyone with bad news as well.
The bad news is what makes the good news so good.
We can’t control how people respond. We can only control whether we share or not.
How can they believe unless we share?
Sometimes, entire crowds will get saved when we preach (cf. Acts 2), but other times, crowds will make motions to destroy us.
But we go and share either way. Because although we love people and we want them to believe, we do it ultimately for Jesus.
There’s really only One person whose opinion matters, and I want to live to please Him.
It may cost us our lives, but death is simply a doorway to eternity with Jesus. There is no loss for the Christian in that, only gain.
“…whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”