Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7: 60 (NIV)
They have him and they are mad. He has been encouraging people to find their salvation by coming to Jesus. This does not fit with their religion. They have other ways that they think please God. Now they can´t take it anymore and they will shut him up. The stones are flying. Each crushing blow brings him closer to his painful end. But Stephen doesn´t concern himself with the hatred. He doesn´t focus on the horrible actions of the others. His focus remains in the Lord. He concerns himself with where he stands with Him. He prays that his spirit will be with God. In this final moment his spirit shows that it truly is with its Savior. He prays for those who are attacking him. Is this how we are too?
Even in Christianity today we find a lot of stone throwing. It seems it is easier to attack the next guy than it is to test the caliber of our own devotion to the Lord. But if we really have the love of God in our hearts, and if we truly are following Christ, then will we be like Stephen? Will we also pray for all God´s other children no matter how poorly they are acting? Should we pray today even for those who would attack us too?
Not everyone will appreciate or understand our devotion to You. Please do not hold it against them. Give us enough of Your love that our hearts can go out to others even when they attack us. Then we will know our spirits truly are with You!
Sorry for the cruel video but every Christian needs to know how the world will never understand our faith in God. Each of us should pray for the persecuters and those persecuted in the name of Jesus, no matter how secure or comfortable we may feel in our current situation.