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The Antidote for Today’s World

August 8, 2011

I just read a Scripture that spoke to me this morning. Although written almost 2,000 years ago, God whispered, “This is for you … for today.”

Acts 2:42-47:

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers. Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and had everything in common. So they sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need. And every day they devoted themselves [to meeting] together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.”

 This Scripture takes place after the ascension of Jesus and after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The believers were gathered together, and Peter is speaking to them and encouraging them to “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation” (Acts 2:40).

Almost every day, something happens that makes me think, “What a disgusting, evil world we live in.” Our world is filled with corruption, violence, vulgarity, sexual perversion … all types of SIN. This world is sinful, and sometimes it just gets me down because there doesn’t seem to be any hope of it getting better.

However, Peter called his generation corrupt. Then he gave the “antidote” for the corrupt generation, which absolutely, most definitely, 100% still applies to us today.

Verse 42 says they were devoted to teaching … to fellowship … to communion … to prayer. Are you DEVOTED to all of those things?

  • Are you devoted to teaching the Word of God not only to fellow believers but to everyone you meet? Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” How much teaching are you doing? Whether or not you are a certified teacher or preacher, you can tell anybody about God. You don’t need a doctorate in theology to explain Scripture. Memorize one Bible verse and tell others what this verse means to you. Share what God has done in your life and how He is teaching you and changing you.
  • Are you devoted to fellowship … with “Jews and Gentiles”? Do you fellowship with believers, strengthening one another? Do you also “hang out” with non-believers so they can see your walk and hear your talk? Are you a shining example of what it means to be filled with God’s love and grace?

  • Are you devoted to communion, to following God’s laws and commandments? Do you know what God says in His Word? Why it is important to partake of communion? Jesus said in Luke 22:19 “Do this in remembrance of me.” Why God has set other commandments for us to follow? Read His Word. Get to know what God says and why through His written Word to us.
  • Are you devoted to prayer? Prayer is simply conversation with God. Of course, we know that conversation is a two-way street of talking and listening. But so often we string a prayer of “please do this” like a long grocery list that we don’t revisit until the next week. First Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray continually.” Always, all the time, constantly, regularly, persistently, relentlessly. Are you in a spirit of prayer at all times? Do you take all concerns, struggles, questions, requests, joys, and thanksgiving to God? He desires to communicate with you—about everything, all the time!

Not only were the first-century believers devoted to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer, but they did everything with “glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people” (verse 46, 47). I’m not sure that I have a glad and sincere heart in all I do. No, scratch that. I am 100% sure that I do not have a glad and sincere heart in all I do. Unfortunately, I know my first reaction is not to praise God. But it should be! We all should live every moment with thanksgiving to God and praising Him. How much would my life change if I did?  How much would your life change if you did? How much joy would be infused into our lives and into the lives of others if our goal was glad and sincere hearts with praise to God? Immensely, I am sure! Because what did God do in the lives of the believers in Acts? He added to their number daily—that means more and more people EVERY DAY came to know Him. That’s the end result! Hallelujah!

These five verses kicked my heart and mind into gear today. It renewed my energy and passion to living the abundant life God desires for all of us. I want to be devoted to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer. Do you?

Share with us … what especially struck you today in your quiet time?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Erin permalink
    August 8, 2011 2:50 pm

    Great post Christy! I know I am not always devoted to those four things and this post is a reminder that I should be, great way to change my focus for the day!

  2. August 9, 2011 9:27 am

    Erin, I know I’m not devoted every day, either–but I want to be! I need to read this passage every day! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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