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Nicolas of Antioch

Nicolas of Antioch

30 January 2009

Scripture:

Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (a Gentile convert to the Jewish faith, who had now become a Christian). (Acts 6:5 NLT)

Observation and Application:

When I read the list of the first deacons of the Jerusalem church, I almost always focus only on Stephen. Maybe that’s because he was such a powerful man of faith and the miraculous. Maybe it’s because the rest of this chapter and the next chapter tell the story of his courageous witness and his martyrdom. He’s a true hero of the faith.

But this morning I noticed Nicolas of Antioch and I thought there’s something about him I admire, too. Nicolas of Antioch was a life-long seeker after God. Nicolas was born a Gentile but at some point in his life he believed Yahweh was the one true God and made the challenging and possibly difficult conversion to Judaism.

Then Jesus came and Nicolas believed the Good News and became a Christ-follower. Nicolas of Antioch is a good example of the kind of leaders churches need today.

Like Nicolas, I want to be known as a life-long seeker of God who is willing to learn and change and grow.

Prayer:

Father, I pray for the grace to never stop seeking after you. Thank you for your persistent grace that leads me forward and your patience that gives me time to adjust and grow. Amen.

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