Session 7

What a full life really looks like

From Acts: A 28-Day Devotional


Acts 7

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Stephen defends himself to the Jewish religious leaders. The officials grew so furious they killed Stephen, making him the first Christian martyr.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I’ve come that you might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). How do we measure fullness? How do we know if we are experiencing the fullness Jesus offers? 

Stephen’s recorded ministry career consisted of delivering food to widows and a brief sermon delivered to a group of stone-throwing religious zealots. In both examples, Stephen gave everything he had to the task. He performed faithfully behind the scenes receiving the thanks of a few well-fed widows, and he performed just as faithfully on a more public platform when death seemed his likely end. No doubt Stephen was motivated by an empty tomb and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Stephen’s life was full despite its brevity. The measuring stick for fullness is not the length of our days, the number of our accomplishments, or the frequency of our happiness.

Stephen was boldly and faithfully obedient in every situation. He was all in. His life shows us that fullness is found in a life of Christ-centered purpose.


  • What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  • How does our culture measure success? What is the Bible’s definition of success?
  • How is God using you to accomplish His purposes? Is there anything distracting you from fulfilling God’s purpose in your life?

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