Devotional: ‘Investing Your Life in Things That Matter’

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Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awed came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

There have been few times in history when the fellowship of the saints was sweeter than in those early days of the church. Verse 46 tells us that they were constantly meeting together. Whether it was a Bible study or an evening meal, many of these believers remained in constant contact with each other.

Perhaps part of the reason for their connectedness was to help satisfy their spiritual cravings. As the Spirit began to work in each of them, they experienced an inner longing to be near God and with each other. They were now brothers and sisters in Christ and God was their Father. No doubt they were always homesick to be with those who were likeminded.

Perhaps part of the reason was their desire to learn more about God and His will for their lives. I wonder if there were times when they begged the apostles to tell them another story about Jesus. No doubt Peter thought back to those early days when he wrote – “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” [1] He remembered a time when God’s people couldn’t hear enough about the Savior.

Perhaps part of the reason was their need for support and encouragement. No doubt many of them were being shunned by their friends and relatives now that they had made a decision to follow Jesus. To many Jews, Jesus was a blasphemer and deserved to be executed. Therefore, anyone who decided to become one of His followers should be a social outcast. Perhaps Satan was even trying to tempt some of them to turn back from their faith and so they constantly needed others to encourage them to stay strong.

Though much has changed since those early days, much still remains the same. More and more Christians feel like social outcasts in our society and there is still a need for us to be encouraged. Many of us still delight to hear the old-old stories about our Savior. Many of us are currently going through difficult times and are in need of encouragement. Therefore I leave you with this admonition from scripture.

Hebrews 10:24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 24 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. NLT 

I can hardly wait for Sunday to come!

[1] 1 Peter 2:2

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