Our lives have become so unsettled, only because we are too willing to just settle! We have become too accepting and less expecting! I (John 5:14-15). We have become a people willing to settle for less and wonder why we are not getting more out of life. The mediocre has become the norm. The will to just settle. We have no expectation of others because we have no greater expectation of ourselves.
Stephen was a man in Acts 6, who was not willing to just settle. He did not follow the norm of the day. He rose above it. He did not follow the norm and just except the way things were. He was willing to step out of the comfort zone and be different. He did not follow the crowd,even though he faced hostility. He never waivered in his faith.
He stood alone, yet he was never alone. God was always by his side. He stood on his faith in Christ to give him exactly what he needed even being outnumbered. We tend to have the thinking, that if the majority agrees, they must be right. Well Stephen stood on what he knew, and not on the majority claimed. False witnesses were brought forth to prove him wrong, yet could not stand against his faith. (Acts 6:8-15).
Though it would cost him his life, he would not settle for the mediocre life of no expectation. He was not one to just be accepting because that is just how it is. No, he set an example of not settling to many of those around him who were unsettled. Those lives where the mediocre had become the norm. The willingness to be more accepting and less expecting and wonder why they had gotten less!
The church today needs more Stephen's out there. We need those who are willing to step out in their faith and not just be crowd pleasures. Times may have changed but the word of God has not. It has been changing lives for years without all the bells and whistles. The mediocre should not be the norm.
Accepting, with no expectation is not fair and goes against scripture.
Our lives have become so unsettled only because we are too willing to just settle! We have become too accepting and less expecting! I (John 5:14-15).