Before Christ left this earth he gave to us what we call the "Great Commission." He said in Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Then in obedience to that command we read of the early church in Acts 5:42, "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."
When you look at that crowd of folks who constituted the first- century Christians, you may be struck, as I am, by the recognition of the fact that they just would not be stopped. Consider:
First: When leaders failed, as did Simon Peter, they did not collapse in disappointment and disillusionment.
Second: When professing Christians turned out not to be Christians at all, as did Simon Magus in Acts 8, they did not leave the church in anger and disgust.
Third: When accusations misrepresented them, as happened repeatedly (Acts 2:11-13), they did not leave their post of duty.
Fourth: When their authority was called into question, as it was (Acts 4:6-7), they did not give over to their detractors!
Fifth: When the government opposed them harshly and unmercifully, as happened often (Acts 5:17, 18; 6:12, 13), they rejoiced that they were "counted worthy to suffer'" for Christ (Acts 5:41).
Sixth: When one of their star players, Stephen, was brutally murdered in Acts 7, they grieved (Acts 8:2), but they did not quit.
Seventh: When they were persecuted (Acts 8:1), driven from their jobs and homes and forced to flee to other cities, they kept on giving strong witness by "preaching the word" (Acts 8:4).
They were an amazing people because, obviously, the amazing grace of God was fully operative in them. Consequently, they kept on the right message and at their God-given tasks.
Despite disappointment, disillusionment, despair, defeat, disrepute, dysfunction and other such Devil-induced dilemmas, these good men could not be silenced.
They stood their ground! They withstood every assault! They refused intimidation! They kept their heart and their mission. "Daily" they were on the job. They just simply would not be stopped. "They ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ" (Acts 5:42). Now, how about us? Do we not have some twenty-first-century servants of God who will take heart from their New Testament forefathers? I believe we do! I do hope you will be one of the "Unstoppables" in these critical days!
Now may God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the Weekly SERMON from Genesis 15:1 on another name of God, "Adonai."
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