“Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:56)
We don’t know much about Stephen. How old was he? Was he married? Did he have kids? Did his parents follow Jesus? What was his education level? His occupation? Was he tall?
All we really know about him is covered in this section of Scripture (and a little above it) – but what we know is quite impressive.
- He was a faithful man of God
- He was full of the Holy Spirit
- He was responsible (chosen to distribute food to widows)
- He was a servant
- He performed miracles
- He could detail Jewish history and how God has always been faithful to the faithless
- He was able to theologically outclass Jewish leaders
- He boldly challenged Jewish leaders on their failure to recognize the Christ
- He was willing to die for his faith
- He received a vision of Jesus
- He forgave those who stoned him.
What will people remember about us? We know Stephen isn’t perfect (as only Jesus lived a sinless life – Rom. 3:23). Whatever our background is and whatever imperfections we might have, God can still use us to proclaim His good news. If we are willing, wherever we come from, God can empower us to bring glory to Him.