S (Scripture): Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 But some men from the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, as well as some from Cilicia and the province of Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. 10 Yet they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard this man speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 They incited the people, the elders, and the experts in the law; then they approached Stephen, seized him, and brought him before the council.
O (Observation): Stephen is one of the first disciples (other than the original 12) to be seen as being filled with grace and power. We hear how he is performing great signs and wonders in Jesus’ name. And some of the Jewish folks don’t like it. So these particular Jewish folks got people all “riled up.” So Stephen reminded the people that Jesus is the Son of God…the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
He tried to let them know they were all on the same team.
A (Application): Sometimes I’m Stephen. Sometimes I’m the one one mocking him.
What team am I on? What team are you on?
More importantly, we can declare: God is for us all.
Happy Christmas Eve Eve Eve!
(Let me know in the comments with whom you will be attending Christmas Eve services. And where. It’s fun for me to hear your stories.)
P (Prayer): Lord, remind me that it’s not about taking up sides, but growing together in faith, hope, and love. Amen.