Acts 5:28-29 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, he said.  Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”  Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!”

The other day I was struggling to get through a workout and needed some motivation.  I was flipping through my smartphone at the gym and came across a video from movie star, Dwayne Johnson.  In the video, Dwayne, explained how he came from humble beginnings.  He shared about how he failed to achieve his goal of making it to the NFL and how one day he found himself cut from a Canadian football team with only 7 dollars in his wallet. He eventually made his way back to his parents’ home and later through relentless effort eventually has become an extremely successful entertainer.  Dwayne, however, has not forgotten from where he came.  He knew the relentless effort it took to get him to this point.  He even named his company “7 Bucks Productions.”

The early church was also relentless.  When faced with danger they persevered.  They remembered that Jesus called them to be a relentless witness.  In order to accomplish this mission, they needed to: be clear on who they listened to, accept the cost, and stay spiritually fueled.  The same is true for us today! 

How about you?  We are living in a time when personal comfort is a high value.  How relentless is your faith?  Who do you listen to when you’re making decisions?  Are you ok with the potential cost of following Jesus?  Are you spending enough time with Christ? 

Take a few moments to read and reflect on the relentless nature of the early church in Acts 5:12-41 and ask God how you can become more relentless today.