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So God picked 7 men to wait upon the tables of the Greek widows. He did not pick just any men, he picked men filled with His Spirit with a heart to serve. The man at the top of their list was Stephen. Stephen wasted no time serving, but he was more than just a bus boy; he was an articulate theologian and preacher and was turning men to Jesus—it was driving the Jewish Leaders crazy! He was the kitchen help after all—but they could not out wit, out argue or out last Stephen’s wisdom or power.
So, they did the next best thing, they lied about him. They raised such a ruckus that the Jewish leaders had him arrested. Much as in Jesus’ case, they had liar after liar portray Stephen as a person trying to undermine God and the Jewish faith—nothing could have been farther from the truth. Stephen was a man that loved God and His people. Stephen lived to serve and to lead others to salvation—he was a major threat to the enemy and to the self-absorbed Jewish leadership.
In current culture, we will see the same scenarios arise. It will not be the loud and boisterous religious folks that cause angst among the world. It will be those that seek and serve the Lord with a heart of humility and gratitude. They will be called radicals and intolerant even though they reach out with empathy and genuine concern. Opposition will try to embarrass them with debate, but, will themselves be embarrassed as Christ’s chosen speak the truth in love.
It will be those full of his spirit and ready to be servants that will cause revival—seek them out and befriend them they will give hope, faith and joy. If you are looking for a purpose, well like Stephen, be one heck of a bus boy—God has been known to use them in amazing ways!
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Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.