Stephen was the first of many to die for his faith in Jesus Christ. Many more have died in the name of Jesus over the centuries. Some will die today, some will die tomorrow, and so on. It even happens on a rare occasion here in America. There are Christians out there willing to die for their faith today.
Relatively speaking, we live in a country where it is pretty safe to share our faith. Certainly in the public arena the worst things we face are rejection, scorn, and maybe a helping of ridicule. In some work environments the subject of faith is ‘taboo’ and to talk about our faith may risk our job. In some settings we may find ourselves ostracized or unwelcome anymore because we chose to speak about our faith.
Yet despite the relative safety we generally don’t like sharing our faith. Maybe we will share our faith in just the right setting with just the right person at just the right moment. There are definitely these times and it is joyful to God when we take these opportunities. But most of us are not an “anytime, anyplace, anyone” type of person when it comes to sharing our faith. It is my prayer that my mighty God and amazing Savior fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit and empower me to share my faith with any and all that I meet to the end of my days. Will you make this your prayer too?