Acts 8:1-2 says, “On that day (the day that Stephen was murdered) a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.”
Stephen was honored for his death as the church’s first martyr. Accepted Jewish Law did not allow Jews to mourn for criminals who were put to death by stoning. However, faithful church members risked their lives to bury Stephen. Faithful church members risked their lives by publically lamenting over Stephen’s death.
He was honored!
No one held Stephen personally responsible for the difficult days that the very first church was enduring even though the persecution began on the day of his death. However, the truth is: Stephen was totally responsible for what was going on. Stephen’s life and death ignited a Jewish fire of “pent up” hatred toward the followers of Jesus. The church ended up fulfilling God’s Mission because of Stephen’s life and death. The church moved from stillness into tsunami mode because of Stephen’s life and death.
The church moved into the position where God wanted it to be because of Stephen’s life and death.
I just wonder? Who will be blamed here for our church being re-positioned? Who will be blamed here for lighting the fire that got us to where God wanted us to be?
I am looking for some who are willing to take the blame with me for this church moving from dark days into our divine destiny.
Stephen lived a relatively short life, but look at how much of him still remains. Stephen left a legacy that was all about Jesus. Which of you will leave such a legacy? Who wants to take the blame?
Stephen’s life was the turning point. Who wants to take the blame?