Devotional Passage: Matthew 10:34-39
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. -Matthew 10:38
Stephen grew up in India in a devout Hindu home. He had participated in many rituals, good works, and pilgrimages, but his life felt empty. He began to have doubts. When he was 15, he ran away from home, and spent three months visiting, temples and taking to gurus. Still he felt no peace. Returning home, he considered suicide, feeling that there were no answers-life was no suicide, feeling that there were no answers-life was not worth living. With the rope around his neck, he called out a peace for you." He went out and began walking. A young man appeared out of the night and asked why he was so sad. That young man led Stephen to the Lord. When his family learned of his conversion, they rejected him, and he spent several years wandering around, with the Bible as his only friend. As he wandered, he shared the Bible as his only friend. As he wandered, he shared his faith. Stephen's life is a testimony to the true meaning of crossbearing. Taking up one's cross means doing whatever it takes to be in God's will.