Wednesday Word 5.03.2017
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.
Where do the glad and sincere hearts come from? What would it be like to enjoy the favor of all the people? How is this sense of having everything in common developed? That is explained in the first line. They devoted themselves.
The Book of Acts does not describe a community of perfection. It does not describe a collection of people who, once they heard the apostles preach and teach, became snobs and judgmental towards everyone around them. It describes a group who devoted themselves to learning together. They fed those who were hungry. They cared for the needy. Most important of all, they praised and they prayed. They devoted themselves, together. Fellowship of this kind fosters gladness and sincerity. Seeking support in a community of believers can help light the way on the journey we must all take alone. Whether we realize it or not, we all have so much in common.
The “signs and wonders” come from the hand of God. Grace and mercy come from the hand of God. Jesus Christ came for you and for me even though mankind had repeatedly failed to follow The Father. If we do nothing in response, if the awareness of this amazing love does not make a difference in your life and the choices you make, then the opportunity to live a better kind of life will pass you by. Every morning that we awaken and draw breath, that opportunity is there waiting. God is waiting for you. Your brothers and sisters are waiting for you…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki