In our passage today, we see the early church go through their most difficult season as a great persecution arose after the execution of Stephen. But despite the persecution, and despite being scattered, verse 4 says “those who were scattered went about preaching the word.”

Persecution, imprisonment and death did not result in people renouncing their faith. It did not lead people to quit or stop. Rather, we see Christians sharing the gospel, the very message that was the source of their suffering, to those who they met as they fled Jerusalem. How important could this message be? How important is the Gospel to you?

The early church was in great lament because of persecution but as they continued to remain committed to the Gospel even in the face of death and imprisonment, their commitment produced a great joy that spread across not just the city of Jerusalem but the whole region.

As you step out in your commitment to Christ, and build into the community of Christ, it will lead you to become a supernatural witness for Christ where even the trials and sufferings in our lives will produce supernatural joy.