Stephen’s ministry and arrest

Date: Wednesday, June 12

ScriptureActs 6:8-15

Verse: Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)

I like the phrase “grace and power.” The Bible says “Stephen was full of grace and power. When I think of each of those adjectives individually, they appear almost mutually exclusive. When I think power, I think of the assertive, strong, those who are able to will their own way. Grace on the other hand brings up images of those who are low-key, easy going, and willing to let others take the lead. How could Stephen be full of both? 

I think I have met people like that, those who like Stephen have dedicated their lives to serving others. Their power comes not in their assertiveness, but in a quiet assurance of God’s presence in their lives. Their ability to remain in control while struggling, to be the calming presence in the midst of chaos, to follow Jesus without any pretense has a great deal of power. It speaks to my life in way few other things can. 

Too often Christians strive to be people in power the way the rest of the world gains power – at work, in politics, in our neighborhoods. God’s power is different though. God’s power is filled with grace. The church today needs more people like Stephen, who are filled with grace and power. 

Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to be a person of grace and power. Amen. 

Action: Look around today – at work, in the news, in your family – for people who are filled with grace and power. 

Respond: Have you known a “Stephen”? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.


About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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