The Book of Acts in the Bible consists of events relating to the apostles of the Lord Jesus. He displayed His mighty power through them.
The following Bible verses clearly describe incidents of the apostles being persecuted. “They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 5:40-42).
The disciples of the Lord Jesus were persecuted because thousands of people turned to Him through their ministry. They were commanded not to preach in the name of Jesus. Since they were zealous for the Lord, they continued to minister to God. They were filled with joy in their hearts. They continued to preach everyday both in houses as well as in the temple. They preached that Jesus was Christ and thousands turned to God through their ministry.
Only when joy is revealed through a broken heart, the Lord Jesus can reveal Himself to this world and display His mighty power. When we proclaim the Gospel earnestly and joyfully even amidst our afflictions, we can become a channel of God’s blessing to others. Just like the apostles, we should also proclaim the Gospel with joy in order to reveal the saving power of the Lord Jesus to the world.
The Lord Jesus loved mankind so much that He came to this world to save them from sin and death and grant them eternal life.
Dearly beloved, the Bible says, “…He who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30). The Lord Jesus has chosen us to be His vessel of love to others. Let our light shine before them so that they may see our good works and glorify Him. Then He will be pleased with us and bless us abundantly.
Loving Lord Jesus,
You came to this world to give eternal life to mankind. Thank You for the gift of salvation. Please fill me with the anointing of Holy Spirit and grant me Your divine wisdom. Make me a vessel of Your love. Bless me abundantly and make me a blessing for others.
In Your matchless name I pray,