One of the most powerful influences in our lives is seeing the true character of faith and wisdom lived out in someone else by the power of the Holy Spirit. Stephen was one of those influences in Paul’s life. How do we know this was a fact? “And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself (Paul) was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’” (Acts 22:20; see also 7:58). This testimony comes from the lips of Paul as he made his defense before the Jews in Jerusalem.
When you read the account of Stephen in Acts 7 and see the strength of his character in active faith and the use of Scripture to display the wisdom of God, it is undeniable that the Holy Spirit filled him to powerfully proclaim truth. Though Saul was on the wrong side of truth at this point in his life, the event left its mark on his heart.
Who has lived Christ before your eyes in a way that you cannot forget? What change has this produced in you so your life can be the same witness to others? As Paul became a living example of Christ to persons like Silas, Timothy, Titus and others, you and I need to continually and purposely live for drawing other to Christ through our character.
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