Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:41-42 ESV)
Have you ever suffered disgrace? Maybe there was a time when you were humiliated for your faith? Or, maybe you had an experience where you tried to do something for God and instead got extremely discouraged when things didn’t go according to plan. This is what happened to Peter and the other apostles when they stepped out in faith to perform miracles in Jesus’ name. Instead of receiving praise for the miracles they had done, they were arrested and flogged (probably a little worse than the disgrace you and I will ever suffer). It is the apostles’ reaction to this disgrace that encourages us. Not only did they rejoice in suffering but, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopping teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”
In these times of discouragement, we must remember to continue to fight the good fight. Day after day, we must never stop teaching and proclaiming what Christ has done for us. It is from God alone that we receive fulfillment and he is greatly pleased when we commit ourselves to Him at times when we are in the depths of despair. True fulfillment comes from living a life for Christ, no matter what the cost. Let us remember to continue to proclaim His good news everyday!
When you experience discouragement, do you have what it takes to wake up the next morning and continue to proclaim Jesus?