Today’s Acts 6 reading includes the selection of the first deacons, including Stephen who God soon uses to perform “great wonders and signs among the people” (vs. 8). Soon some of the Gospel’s enemies decide to dispute him.
What strikes me about Stephen is his character. He’s described as a man:
- “full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (vs. 5)
- “full of grace and power” (vs. 8)
- who spoke with such “wisdom and the Spirit” that his enemies could not argue with him (vs. 10)
- whose “face was like the face of an angel” (vs. 15) as he stood before the religious council
I was simply struck by these descriptions. Stephen must have been one amazing man, but what made him amazing were God’s gifts: the Holy Spirit who imparted faith, grace, power, and wisdom – and who gave Stephen such peace and joy that his face was like that of an angel, reflecting God’s glory.
I could use some of that Spirit! Oh, I have it.
But I’d like a bit more of His faith, grace, power, wisdom, peace, joy and glory that Stephen had to show in my life to His praise!
Dear Lord: Please make me a bit more like Stephen tomorrow. Amen