I am often deeply challenged as I reread God’s Word over and over. As I was going over some chapters in Acts and seeing the power of God’s Word operate in the Early Church, I cannot overlook their attitude toward suffering because of their bold witness. In fact, their bold witness which brought them more suffering also gave them more opportunities, not just to public audiences but to religious rulers.
Take note of the apostles’ attitude after they were beaten and “charged…not to speak in the name of Jesus” (Acts 5:40). What follows should arrest our attention: “They left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name” (5:41).
I have read many accounts of present-day believers who suffer immensely for witnessing to the name of Jesus, and they share this same attitude. Let us remember, whether we suffer as they did or not, that it is the highest privilege of any human to bear the name of Jesus and witness to who He is and what He has done. If carrying that name brings suffering, it is a high honor!
Will you carry His name to the ends of the earth with me? Be sure to count the cost!
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