Being loyal To Christ Till Death

Acts 7:54-60  (NIV)

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Manstanding at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.


(Stephan being loyal to Christ while being stoned to death)

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Unashamed Loyalty

From: Our Daily Bread

Unashamed Loyalty

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3

Sports fans love to sing their teams’ praises. By wearing logos, posting notes on Facebook about their beloved teams, or talking about them with friends, fans leave no doubt where their loyalty stands. My own Detroit Tigers caps, shirts, and conversations indicate that I am right there with those who do this.

Our sports loyalties can remind us that our truest and greatest loyalty must be to our Lord. I think of such unashamed loyalty when I read Psalm 34, where David draws our attention to Someone vastly more vital than anything else on earth.

David says, “I will extol the Lord at all times” (v. 1), and we are left to wonder about the gaps in our lives when we live as if God is not our source of truth, light, and salvation. He says, “His praise will always be on my lips” (v. 1), and we think about how many times we praise things of this world more than we praise Him. David says, “My soul shall make its boast in the Lord” (v. 2 nkjv), and we realize that we boast about our own small successes more than what Jesus has done for us.

It’s not wrong to enjoy our teams, our interests, and our accomplishments. But our highest praise goes to our Lord. “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together” (v. 3).

Lord, help me to have Your praise be on my lips and to boast in You. Help me to keep my focus on You.

Loyalty is the test of true love.


Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision”

By Oswald Chambers

 Obedience to the

If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible— not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to “the heavenly vision” is to give our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when we make a determination to continually remember God’s vision. But the acid test is obedience to the vision in the details of our everyday life— sixty seconds out of every minute, and sixty minutes out of every hour, not just during times of personal prayer or public meetings.

“Though it tarries, wait for it…” (Habakkuk 2:3). We cannot bring the vision to fulfillment through our own efforts, but must live under its inspiration until it fulfills itself. We try to be so practical that we forget the vision. At the very beginning we saw the vision but did not wait for it. We rushed off to do our practical work, and once the vision was fulfilled we could no longer even see it. Waiting for a vision that “tarries” is the true test of our faithfulness to God. It is at the risk of our own soul’s welfare that we get caught up in practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision.

Watch for the storms of God. The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms. Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside? That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen. Let God send you out through His storm, and don’t go until He does. If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod. However, if you allow God to plant you, you will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).

It is essential that we live and “walk in the light” of God’s vision for us (1 John 1:7).

He First Loved Us

By: Missey Butler, Author



I can bet you that I’ve read the story of the rich young man and Jesus at least a hundred times. But I never once noticed the gem of truth that was lying there. I discovered it one morning as I read Mark’s account of that meeting (Mark 10:17-22). This disciple caught something that day that others may have missed.

The rich young man cut right to the chase, when he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answered him by saying, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”

“Teacher, he declared, ‘all of these I have kept since I was a boy.’”

What was Jesus’ response to him?

“He looked at him and loved him.”

I stopped when I read those words and marveled. I re-read them again, this time allowing their full impact to settle firmly upon my heart.

“He looked at him … and loved him.”

How incredible. My own heart was moved by the depth of His compassion. To me, that one particular statement so beautifully epitomizes what all four of the gospels represent in their portrayal of this Gentle Shepherd.

Let’s read on as Jesus continues:

“One thing you lack,’ He said. ‘Go and sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

I began to see that even while the Lord was discerning just how far off course this young man’s true intentions were, He still loved him. Even when He knew this young man was about to walk away from Him, He still loved him.

The more I gaze into the multi-faceted diamond of God’s love toward us, the more I walk away totally undone.

I have learned more and more that the Lord is simply looking for a heart that He can call His own, one that is captured and won by the simple glance of His eyes.

He longs to find someone who is full of passion, like the Shulamite woman described in Solomon’s love letter. She went up and down the village streets, desperately searching for her beloved and would not be consoled until she found him. (Song of Solomon 5:6)

That was the message that Jesus wanted so much for the rich young man to understand that day. But all He could do for the moment was simply look at him … and love him.

We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

2 thoughts on “Being loyal To Christ Till Death

    1. simposiousadmin Post author

      i am so glad of that. To have God’s love is so powerful.
      Thank you for the true comment of God loving us.
      God is showing us the way to love one another.

      Thank you



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