There’s a lifetime of ponderance in Acts 5:41: “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”
They had been put in jail, sprung by a messenger of God, taken before the influential and powerful Sanhedrin, told to not speak in Jesus’ name, and whipped. They emerge… rejoicing. I picture smiles on their faces and tears on their cheeks.
But why were they rejoicing? Because “they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” In short, they cared more about pleasing God than pandering to the Sanhedrein who wanted them to shut their traps.
They had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the name of Jesus. This was a source of joy. After all, being a part of the life-giving message and mission of Jesus—no matter the cost—was incredibly meaningful and rewarding.
Then and now.
Being associated with the “wrong” people is supposed to be bad. But when that “wrong” person is Jesus, it is overwhelmingly good.
When you care more about what God thinks than what people think you have reached a tipping point called joy.
–My latest podcast is called “Bruises and badges of honour.” It’s an in-depth Bible study based on this same text from Acts 5. Click here to listen, or look for ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ wherever you subscribe to podcasts: iTunes (Apple), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.