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Cease and Desist or Choose to Stand?

by | Mar 3, 2020 | Stand | 0 comments

Read: Acts 5:29

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Reflect:

Cease and Desist. That’s the command Peter and the disciples faced as the high priest and the council “strictly charged” the disciples to stop teaching “in this name” (Acts 5: 28). When faced with the dilemma of whether to obey men or God,  Peter and the rest of the disciples again responded with the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not a popular decision from the council’s point of view.

Two thousand years have passed, but we face the same question today. It may be unpopular and may cost us something, but even in our everyday living and working, we have an opportunity to live in obedience by being salt and by shining the light of Christ in a world often obsessed by darkness.

Respond:

Infiltration and Illumination.

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

How can we be light to those around us? There are at least two ways to stand in obedience to the Gospel.

Live our lives as light. Jesus said that our light shouldn’t be hidden. We should live our lives in such a way to point others to Christ. How do I act? react? speak? Do my actions help or hurt the cause of Christ?

Tell others about the Gospel. Do you have something to say about Christ? Are you willing?  I remember a video by a well-known atheist who once challenged Christians to reach out with the message of the Gospel. He said, “If you know a train is going to hit the car stuck on the tracks and you do nothing…how much do you hate that person?”

 

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