Holding firm to well defined priorities sets organizations and individuals up for success. Fighting distractions and “rabbit trails” in favor of focused and determined directions lays the groundwork for a strong future. Of course, living with strong convictions may also have a significant cost.
The early disciples saw Jesus die on the cross and within days they were hanging out with their risen Lord. The impact of the resurrection on their priorities was immediate. They could not stop talking about what they had seen and heard. With a radical suddenness, life had been answered and life’s meaning came into focus.
With determined convictions our Christian forbearers began to live as if Jesus was truly Lord. As they did the cities were stirred by the movement of the Holy Spirit. So much so, that these “untrained and uneducated men” were called before the city’s leaders and ordered to stop speaking about Jesus. Their response is amazing. “Whether it is right for us to obey God or you, you be the judge, but we cannot stop talking about what we’ve seen and heard”.
They were threatened and released.
Our lives are a testimony to their legacy. Like them, we have been changed by meeting the risen Lord. Maybe we could also live with similarly bold convictions, even if they might have a cost.
Our prayer, like theirs, Lord grant that we might speak your word with boldness.
The building they were in shook with the Spirits presence and the world has never been the same.
Do it again, Father.