If we are open to learning more about Jesus we will then have a greater understanding of our purpose today.
Reference: v.2 To this he replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran…" (NIV Bible)
Explore: Stephen was in a spot of bother. If you read through the rest of chapter 7 you will see that the Sanhedrin were serious and their decision carried a hefty weight. When Stephen had to defend himself, he went to the scriptures. Although it had been many years since Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked on the earth, he was still able to draw strength and understanding through their stories. Through knowing his past he understood the purpose of the present.
Application: If we are open to learning more about Jesus and how he lived when he was on earth, then we will have a greater understanding of our purpose today and how to live a life for God in our present situation. Sure, the culture may have changed, but there are certainly characteristics and values that we can emmulate from understanding more about Christ.
In fact, we have a whole 66 books to help us understand more about God and how we should live our lives to bring glory to Him. What better purpose could we have?!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the people who have gone before us. With all their faults and victories we are able to learn what pleases you. May your Word be opened up to us everyday. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.