PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Acts 7:44-53
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“You always resist the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 7:51)
Stephen is trying to show his accusers how often they’ve missed God’s point.
Either they misunderstood what God said, or refused to listen.
They were more interested in religious rules and symbols than about love.
They treated the temple and the law with more respect than they did God.
God is not contained by the temple, nor limited to one place.
God’s will is for our love and loyalty, not our religious rituals or symbols.
No wonder they rejected Jesus and his message of love and mercy.
He spoke from God’s heart, and they would not hear it.
Am I hearing God’s heart as expressed through Jesus?
Jesus has shown us the meaning of love, and invites us to share it.
To love God, to love people, and not to oppress or hurt them.
The Spirit of Jesus is still inviting us to join him in this love.
Am I more focused on being religious, or on the fruit of the Spirit?
Am I responding to or resisting the Spirit’s effort to make me like Jesus?
Lord, save me from religion and churchianity. Take over my life with your Spirit, and lead me in your way of life and love!