The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:41-42
Chapter 5 is difficult to read. It starts with Ananias and Sapphira and the dishonesty which prompts dire consequences. But it ends with the apostles rejoicing because they had “been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” I am praying that I fall somewhere in the middle here! I do my best to live what is considered a good Christian life, but absolutely know that sometimes I fall short. Thank goodness for forgiveness, from others and from God.
It is a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who advises the high priests: “Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose of activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38-39 As I sometimes fall short, this verse is the reminder of where I must seek my strength.
Dear Lord, you are our cornerstone, our strength and our light when we might falter. Guide us in our daily lives and remind us of your forgiveness and acceptance of who we are. Keep us strong so we also might be worthy of suffering. Amen