I have been reading through the book of Acts over the past couple of weeks. It’s amazing how these men of God in the early church were radically risking their lives to speak of the goodness of Jesus. Throughout the New Testament, we see acts of persecution come by way of imprisonment, physical beatings, and stoning, but time and time again, we see persistence and zeal for Jesus prevail over these fatal risks. Nothing could stop these guys. They all assumed that they were going to lose their lives for the sake of sharing the gospel, and most of them did.

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Over a year ago, I found myself in a tough place in my relationship with Jesus. After listening to a powerful message on the love of God that was demonstrated through the cross, I began struggling with the reality that I had zero emotions when I thought about the blood and what Jesus had done for me. I felt like my soul had become numb to the gospel story. I began questioning my salvation and whether the cross ever had transformation power in my life.

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