None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke. (Acts 6:10)
A large group of people wanted to debate with Stephen about his belief in Jesus Christ. I’m sure that these debaters had some excellent points. But they couldn’t win the debate with Stephen because he had something they didn’t have: grace and power from God that was irrefutable!
Stephen’s words were backed up and verified by a lifestyle that was undeniable—
Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke. (Acts 6:8-10)
“Knowing that we have God’s ability in us, should give us the confidence to lead well when others don’t approve of or appreciate our leadership.” —Liz Sarno
A mark of a godly leader is one who demonstrates God’s grace and power that is within him.
This is part 8 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out the previous posts here:
- Godly Leaders Raise Up Godly Leaders
- Godly Leaders Must Do Hard Things
- A Godly Leader’s “We”
- Godly Leaders Prayerfully Plan
- Godly Leaders Can Inspire Everyone To Pursue One Vision
- A Leader’s Most Powerful Resource
- Tuning Out Enemies