Days to Pentecost 16
Acts 7:55-60 (NIV)
55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit,
looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God,
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.
Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 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.
3 Things happen when we are filled with the Holy Spirit
As Stephen saw in Acts 7:55, we can see “the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Although I don’t know what the glory of God and Jesus look like and how I should describe them, I see something above that belong to God, which inspires me to think more about God, have more passion for the Kingdom of God rather than my things on earth, and dream more about the dream of God, “All men are to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ.”
As Stephen said in Acts 7:56, we can say to the people without hesitation that “we are to see God and the Son of Man. Therefore we need to keep looking at the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ who is with us right now.” The Word of God is too familiar with us to take it fresh message everyday into our lives. We are more being attractive to other fancy and famous other saying of the people. However, it is immutable. Therefore, we must keep repeating the importance of the Word of God, which is the true life in our lives on earth
As Stephen confessed and cried out in Acts 7:59-60, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can give our whole lives to the Lord as we are confessing, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” and “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” as Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). We can fully follow Jesus with the true heart laying down self-centered ourselves.
Father, thank you for showing a good example of Spirit-filled life with what to do, what do say, and how to give our lives as a living sacrifice to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.