4.17.16 – Acts 5:41

The feeling we get when we accomplish something is surpassed by few others, knowing that a goal was reached through hard work and perseverance. Much of the time such endeavors are also recognized by others, maybe even by the presentation of an award.
In Acts 5 the disciples experienced recognition of a different kind. They were brought before religious rulers for speaking in the name of Jesus. Jesus prepared his disciples for events like the one described. Matthew 10:18 – and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. In this case discontent of the establishment proved to be the litmus test that they were indeed doing the right thing, even in the face of possible death. There were definitely no awards being passed out that day but the disciples knew their true reward awaited them in eternity.
Many have suffered in the name of Jesus. The name Cassie Bernal comes to mind. She was the high school girl that when asked by her assassin during the tragic Columbine shootings if she believed in God, answered, “YES”! Thankfully we won’t face a harrowing experience like this one. As Jesus prepared the disciples he also informs us that there will be a time when you will have to profess your faith in the face of persecution. The question is will you consider it an honor?
Acts 5:41 – Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.