Read today’s passage here

At this point it is probably becoming obvious to the religious leaders that these disciples of Christ aren’t going to shut up.  Based on the (very wise) advice of Gamaliel, the religious leaders let them off with another warning and a beating.  I love the way they respond to their beating in verse 41: “Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.”

I love it!  They rejoice for the opportunity to be marginalized for the name of Christ.  This theme continues later in the Book of James when James says: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Can you imagine how disheartening this was to the people opposing the early church?  If you leave them alone, they rejoice.  If you take their property, they rejoice.  If you beat them, they rejoice. These Christians are bullet-proof!

How cool would it be if we were known as the church that rejoices?  Despite our circumstances, suffering, arguments in the church, work problems, unemployment or any other hardship.

Rejoice in all circumstances, we are redeemed!