Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Acts 2: 40-47. We are very committed to our kids sporting team and the practice sessions, and matches that they have. We are committed to many different things, but how committed to God’s church are we? Perhaps it is the structure that churches have taken on recently, but how committed are you to meeting and building up Jesus’ body?
40 With many other words, he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
The Fellowship of the Believers
“42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
In Acts, it is recorded that the early church was “devoted”. That is a very strong word! It strikes me that their attempt to seek God and live out His commands very literally in their life was their focus. They never created a plan to grow the church, they were new at this whole thing themselves.
God drew many people to Himself with His activity and miracles. Just the other day I was part of a discussion. We were discussing a time when we would hear testimonies from the general church attendee. They would speak of a miracle that they recently saw in their life. I can’t recall the last time a member of the church stood up in church to tell of what God had done in the life story!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are glorious and will draw all men and women to yourself if only I give you the chance. I actively take a step back. I release You to do your works in my life. May You receive glory and honor!
In Jesus’ name,