Short and sweet today. Since last week, I started reading back through the book of Acts. Some awesome stuff in there. Here are my thoughts from the reading today.
For awhile in Acts, the new movement that seemed to be taking Jerusalem by storm was very popular. Then something changed. Stephen challenged the religious leaders of that time, told them they were responsible for killing Jesus, and they stoned him to death. Stephen became the first Christian martyr in history. Phillip went and preached in Samaria. Jews hated the Samaritans. He was also instrumental in converting an Ethiopian official. The Christian movement, the early church, began to break down religious and racial barriers and people started to understand that it would involve a risk, it would cost them something, to follow Jesus. Many didn’t want anything to do with it. When it was hip and cool, everyone wanted a piece of the action.
It’s when things get real, and we understand that following Jesus is going to cost us something…that’s when we have to make a choice.
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