Acts 5:41 (NKJV)
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
I know I must have read or heard Acts 5:41 quoted dozens and dozens of times over the years, but I actually heard it today. Did you catch what they rejoiced in? The disciples rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name (Jesus Christ).
Beware of the “honorable life”.
Honor, as defined by this world and as defined by Heaven are often poles apart.
I’m afraid as we get closer to the Second Coming of our Lord that this gap will only get worse.
Let us brace ourselves. The day may soon come when we will have to be like the three Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) because they did the shameful thing and would not bow to the false god of their day.
The day may come when, like the disciples (Acts 5), we will be beaten because we refuse to stop giving testimony of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Let us so love Him and honor Him and be so convinced that he is risen, alive, and coming again, that we rejoice to be counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
- The ONE THING for today: Often the most honorable thing for a Christian to do is suffer shame for the name of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:14 (NKJV)
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”