Re:Verse reading–Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-58, 8:1-5, 26-38 (day five)
Acts 6:54 “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick,” God’s Word had done its task. It had accomplished its purpose. It had resonated deep with the human soul. Sounds like Hebrews 4:12. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Stephen has “rightly divided the Word of Truth”. What happens next, is the response. We read/hear the Bible and the Bible reads us. It reveals the condition of our hearts. Each and every time we listen and hear the scripture, we must “check our hearts”. Here are some responses mentioned in scripture:
James 1: Distracted and Insincere- “immediately forgotten what kind of person he was”
Acts 7: Anger and Rebellion “stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears”
Acts 8: Humility and Obedience “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
How do we respond to God’s Word? It will be a heart check!!