Stephen's death shows us the hostility towards Jesus and his followers. Many Christians today die for their faith. Christians are greatly persecuted around the world. Christians are to boldly trust Jesus through persecution, even to the point of death. Many people will try to stop the gospel spreading, but we know that God's gospel is unstoppable. It will be difficult to follow Jesus in many varied ways. We might be diverted away from talking about Jesus. Diverted by a church that is divided and bickering about things. Or we might take something good and blow it out of proportion, to the point it becomes a hindrance to following Jesus. Following Jesus requires hard work, we need to press on in following Jesus through his strength.