One of the unique characteristics of the ‘true church’ is that resistance and persecution becomes the pollination for more rapid growth. An example is the church in China. When the government has closed or bulldozed large churches, the believers split off into multiple home groups which allows them to effectively evangelize neighbors and friends. THE WORK OF GOD IS UNSTOPPABLE! The key is not letting political maneuvers distract you from what God has planned and is doing.
After the public stoning of Stephen for speaking truth to his audience, God makes “persecution against the church” serve the mission of the church. Notice the account in Acts 8:1; “And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” How interesting that God used the fallout of Stephen’s martyrdom to produce a scattering of the Jerusalem church so they would fulfill Jesus' words in chapter one. Judea and Samaria were the next places where He wanted them to be witnesses, but they had become stuck in a ‘Jerusalem comfort zone’.
We need to let God’s Word shape our vision and thinking, otherwise we may find ourselves forced to rethink our strategy by painful circumstances. I am challenging your thinking now by God’s Word. Don’t wait until you are pushed out of your ‘comfort zone’ unwillingly before taking His Word seriously.
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