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?