There is so much to learn from Stephen’s face. Before he was asked to defend himself against the false accusations that were laid against him, the trouble-makers “secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God” (Acts 6:11). That in itself was a serious charge. We know from Stephen’s defense in chapter seven, this was not true.
As the litany of charges are hurled at him, Stephen remains composed. In fact, “gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel” (6:15). There is only one explanation for such behavior. The character we have seen in this man (“full of the Spirit and of wisdom” – 6:3) was the reason and motivation behind Stephen’s behavior.
This raises a question for us who have the Holy Spirit living within us; why do our faces often tell a much different story? Since the Spirit dwells in us, is there anything we lack, or are we hindering the Spirit from producing the same Spirit-filled confidence and joy that makes the face shine? This is a question each of us who know the Lord must answer. One thing we know is the Spirit’s desire to display the wisdom of Christ in us through His power. We are at no disadvantage!
What is your face telling others?
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