Acts 6:8-7:1

Today’s devotional is written by Julie Mitchell.

In Acts, we are introduced to “Stephen” whose life we do not know much about, yet what we come to learn about him is highly significant in terms of our understanding of the Holy Spirit and how God uses the Holy Spirit in our lives.  In Acts 6:8, we learn that Stephen is “full of grace and power” and “was doing great wonders and signs among the people.”

Stephen embodies Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  God uses Stephen to be a powerful speaker in order to expand his kingdom. Stephen reminds us all that we are uniquely made with special gifts, talents, and callings.  Every day, each of us is given opportunities to do God’s will and to embrace the Holy Spirit to accomplish his works through us.

The Holy Spirit calls us to act, to do.  Stephen, “full of grace and power,” was full of the Holy Spirit who fully worked in his life. He carried out God’s purpose by leaning into his gift of speaking.  The Holy Spirit is the very means through which we are to accomplish God’s work here on Earth with one another.

What are your God-given gifts?  How are you using them in your life presently?

How would others describe you?  How do their descriptions align with God’s purpose for your life?

Please share your thought, comments, and questions! We love hearing from you!

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