Seize The Moment – The Message of Stephen


rembrandt Stoning stephen

A challenge to seize the moment,

“But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him.” (Acts 7:57-58a)

Time is a limited commodity. “Life is but a vapor,” we don’t know how much any of us have. Therefore, we’ve got to take hold of every opportunity we can, “redeeming the time.” So, if you had one shot to someone (anyone) about Christ would you take it? Stephen did. His moment came and he urgently took advantage of it. He boldly spoke the truth at just the time, saying exactly what needed to be said. But, too often it seems like I figure out what to say after the moment has passed. I think it is because I’m not living with a sense of urgency that propels me to seize the moment for Christ. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Well, no more! No more procrastination. No more negligence. No more excuses. This is our moment! We have no guarantees about tomorrow – for ourselves or anyone else. So, as witnesses for Christ, let us redeem the time with urgent resolve and say what needs to be said to those who need to hear it. Amen!?

This week’s theme: The Message of the Martyrs

Be Faithful… The Message of Antipas

Speak Out… The Message of John the Baptist

Don’t Be Silenced… The Message of James

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