Stephen was the first Christian believer to die because of belief in Jesus.
Which makes Stephen the first Christian martyr. What is especially
amazing about Stephen’s story is that Acts 7:56 tells us as Stephen died
he saw Jesus standing in heaven, welcoming him home. Jesus stood up in
honor of his faithful servant, witness and martyr, Stephen. Jesus gave
Stephen a standing ovation! That’s inspiring! And it shows us that
Stephen’s life, as short as it was, teaches us how to live – and die – in a
way that brings honor and glory to Jesus Christ. Ultimately, that is the
calling of every believer in Jesus, to live and die in ways that bring honor
and glory to Jesus Christ. So, are you like Stephen? Are you living in ways
that bring honor to Jesus Christ? Have you considered how your future
death is an opportunity to bring honor to Jesus Christ?