Nov 4 Day 309
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“And said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” – Stephen, moments before he was stoned to death. – Acts 7:56
Who Will Stand For You? – Lay Not This Sin to Their Charge
In this verse (Acts 7:56) we get our first glimpse of the resurrected Christ as He stands to receive Stephen, the first martyr of the New Testament. What a sight Steven was fortunate to behold, the resurrected Son of Man, standing at the right hand of the God. Stephen’s reaction in verse 60 is, “He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.”
At different times in your life you may have been asked to stand for someone as a best man, God parent, or you may have even been asked to attest to someone’s character. It is often a place in which we feel honored to be called upon to testify for the person to whom we stand up for, believing in what we are called to confirm.
I hope that God gives us the opportunity to stand for those who have touched our lives when they step forward to receive a reward for their works while here on this Earth.
In 2 Corinthians 5:10 we are told that “We must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.”
In 1 Corinthians 3:13, we see that “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
Those are 2 verses can be very comforting or very frightening. I often wonder who will stand with me on that day to testify that my time living on this earth made a difference in the life of someone. The Bible tells me that Jesus will stand for me on that day. That’s all that really matters. What an awesome thought to behold Christ standing on my behalf! Christ, not only standing for our Salvation, but also revealing His work in our lives during the span of years of birth-life-death.
I hope that others will be there . . . standing up to share in the joy that is set before us, declaring the difference that we had made in their life. Maybe it will be the neighbor you prayed for who got saved, the woman you gave your tithe to feed her kids, or the orphan you helped sponsor in a third world country. It might even be someone that you would have never suspected who will give his testimony for your life.
I think it will be a joyful thing to stand for someone when their name is called and tell your story about how they blessed your life. Several people come to my mind that I would like to stand for on their day of redemption. I can think of a few that made such an impact on my life and have no idea how they touched me. . . but it went in, deep into my being and made a difference. I hope that I will be allowed to stand for each one of them to share in the joy of the blessing that awaits them for touching my life.
Who will stand for you? Perhaps it will be the very next person you meet that is need.
Words to Think About…
<>–DO YOU WISH TO BE GREAT?–<>
“I think God was looking for a little man, little enough so that He could show Himself strong through him. A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” – Hudson Taylor, explaining his success.
<>–ON WITNESSING TO YOUR FRIENDS–<>
“I waited and watched fifteen long years to get my chance with one man. Never a day passed for all those fifteen years that I did not speak to God about that man. At last my chance came, and it was my privilege to lead him to Christ. He afterwards became a preacher of the Gospel, and is now in heaven. . . . When you undertake to bring a man to Christ, never give up.” – Dr. R. A. Torrey