I saw a couple arguing this morning. It was the quietest argument I’ve ever experienced, but very heated. They were deaf. I’m not sure this ties in with my journal entry, so I won’t try, just wanted to get your attention.
Acts 2:42 42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
These ‘Believers’ were about three things: The Bible, Spending Meaningful Time Together (as they shared together in what Christ had done in their lives), and they Prayed.
What does this is all mean? Was this a little book club? Was it a clique or some kind of exclusive ‘if you believe how we believe you can be with us‘ – group.
No. It says later in Acts that there was a deep sense of awe in the people over what God was doing. Verses 46-47 say that as “They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity- all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
They grew! God did amazing things in their lives. Transforming them and adding to them. Other places in the bible Jesus says that people will know that we truly belong to Him by how we love one another. People are attracted to authentic, genuine,
On top of all the ‘Stuff’ we have to do: Careers, Marriage, Kids, Family, Homes, Maintaining the CRAZY Pace we live. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DO THIS? In order to “follow Jesus effectively.”
My only response to that is this;
Living in Community, Learning what Jesus has done and is doing, and being in constant prayer — that speaks into every facet of the latter. Living in Community allows me to continually be in check of how I love my family and the direction we take. Learning continually from God’s Word allows me to know the will of God in my life and speaks into how I live: manage family, time, resources, and relationships. His word gives me a vantage point that I can lean on. As I pray continually; I’m surrendering to His will for my life and depending on Him to provide, protect and help me persevere through the storms of life and to give me joy in the good and bad times that come.
Jesus, help me to live a life of genuine love towards others, give me strength to order my days that I place my trust in your word and your will, and give me wisdom to seek you always in prayer. I love you God, help me to honor you is all I say, think and do. I know that if I do that, I can love and honor others more than if I depended on my own strength. Amen.