“They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 5:40–42, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Imagine being flogged and ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus. Many people around the world today, and throughout history, have not had to imagine this (and even worse things). For people like me, who have yet to face this, it is humbling. At least it should be. For what we face is mere inconvenience (ridicule, rejection, disrespect) in comparison.
Next, imagine not only continuing to teach and proclaim the good news that Jesus is the Christ but also rejoicing (feeling or showing great joy or delight) for being counted worthy (important enough) to suffer such disgrace (strongly and generally disapproved of) for the name. All the while knowing that even more (or worse) is to come. Also humbling, as all too often we grumble over our “inconveniences.”
My Advice – Be worthy of disgrace for His name. Because it is the name before all other names.