It was almost like the old days when the Jewish leaders were out to get Jesus. Here this administrator of provisions–Deacon Stephen, was out and among the people speaking truth, giving provision, and healing the sick. He was a master apologist and knew the reality of Jesus resurrection and mission to redeem men from their sin. Still, Stephen was different. He had the Spirit moving in him in a noticeable way. He was so filled and inspired that the old guard knew he needed dealing with.
Try as they might, they were completely unable to trip Stephen up. So, in the religious Leader playbook they went back to plan B. Let’s make up lies to get this blasphemer off the streets. In a bold play, they had people make up stories of insurrection and dragged Stephen before the Jewish High Counsel. Interestingly, Luke highlights the fact that as these men were blathering lies about this Godly servant, Stephen’s face was like the face of an Angel.
God uses His chosen ones to execute His plan. Most times, those that He uses would never be our picks. Stephen was a glorified table waiter, right? How could he change the world? The spirit moves and men are changed often by the last ones that we would expect. D.L. Moody was a 5th grade dropout that was failing at His uncle’s shoe store, then He met Jesus. God touched Him and he began to teach the street kids in Chicago about the Love of our Heavenly Father. That grew into an international revival and ministry that still thrives 150+ years later.
Like Stephen, Like D.L. Moody, God can use us. But know that such a call brings with it spiritual warfare. We, as His people, must put on God’s armor and move forward in His power; not our own. Like Stephen, we simply do the tasks God sets before us–even waiting tables; and allow the Lord to minister through us to the point that even our enemies see the spirit flowing through us. If we will, God will impact others through us. In that impact, God will get the glory, and we will be blessed beyond measure.
God Bless You
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.