THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
“But let patience
have her perfect work…”
ZEAL FOR THE LORD
A Christian’s zeal for the LORD must not be hindered by persecution and threatening. In the event of persecution, we should take it as the Lord strengthening our faith. In the midst of threat, we should remember that it increases our faith.
Rejoicing in suffering: When they departed from the place where they were interrogated, they were not crying for the pain of the scourging. In contrast, they were rejoicing! This is amazing in the eyes of both the believers and the members of the Sanhedrin. They were rejoicing because they counted it worthy to suffer shame for Christ’s sake. It was a blessing for them as Jesus had already told them: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:10). Feelings of hatred and revenge were not in their hearts.
Teaching and preaching: They did not want to hide and go on furlough for a time in order to rest from the harsh treatment they had been through. These things were not on their minds. They went on teaching and preaching. They continued with the commission Christ had given to them before He ascended to heaven. They were always carried and moved by the Spirit to do God’s work. Their marching order was from their Lord: “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). Daily they taught and preached. This was the King’s business left for them to continue: the desire for business twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week! Every place was their venue for preaching and teaching. Jesus Christ was the theme of their teaching and preaching. This was their hearts’ desire. They were joyful because they knew they were serving the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Are you actively sharing God’s Word? Are you doing it only when it is convenient for you?
THOUGHT: Do I enjoy sharing God’s Word with others?
PRAYER: Father, grant me a heart that desires to talk about Jesus.