"For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel". Acts 6:14-15 (NKJV) Throughout his career, Kobe established himself as a clutch NBA shooter. There is a short list of popular NBA players that wouldn't hesitate to take the big shot when time was running out. Kobe was known to be a laser focused shooter and yet, an excellent defender. On January 22nd, 2006, in a comeback victory at home, Kobe finished with 81 points and beat the Toronto Raptors. He was most certianly laser focused. What a game! According to Acts 6:14-15; Stephen's focus was on Jesus. Matter of fact, Stephen was laser focused! Though people with twisted words, inappropriate behaviors, and false accusations tried to get in his way, Stephen remained 'FIRM' in the faith. He refused to let worldly distractions obscure his heavenly focus. Spiritually, I can imagine heaven cheering with a glorious celebration of joy. YES!
From his vantage point, he saw Jesus. The One Who had captured his heart. That uninterrupted view gave him strength to face his foes with courage. Questions: Where is your focus? Are you laser focused in the promises of God, or the things of this world only?
Pondering thought: Kobe was admired for his skillset, however don't forget that he spent countless hours practicing. Stephen spent valuable time developing his faith. YES!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to remain laser focused on and in my faith. AMEN!
2020 'INTENTIONAL' "Jesus is My Focus"