Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47
42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46 Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47 They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47, Common English Bible).
One of my favorite questions is, “What would it look like..?” What would it look like for families to have dinner together? What would it look like if people turned off the television for one hour every night? What would it look like if the Astros finally won the World Series? We finally have the answer to that one.
With certain Bible passages, I find myself asking that question. With some passages, like today’s lesson, I find myself asking it more than just once or twice.
What would it look like if believers today devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching? I am often surprised at how little many of us actually know from the Bible. If we devoted ourselves to the apostles’ teachings believers might know more than some non-believers.
What would it look like if believers today devoted themselves to their communities? We sometimes think this means our communities as in our neighborhoods. It really means our churches but I would say both could apply. What would it look like if we took the conditions of our neighborhoods seriously? It might mean we would actually work together for the greater good. What would it look like if we devoted ourselves to our churches? We would have both the people and the money to do whatever we think needs to be done to share the Gospel.
What would it look like if we devoted ourselves to our shared meals? Well, we have a pretty good idea. I think we have that one down pretty well.
What would it look like if we devoted ourselves to prayers? I am part of a small prayer group. We use group texting as we share the various prayer concerns. Group texting drives me crazy. I deal with it for prayer’s sake. I think I would have to find a different way to share prayer concerns if we truly devote ourselves to prayer.
What would it look like if we all felt that sense of awe when we know God is at work around us? Well, first we would have to get over the idea that things are a coincidence when really God is working.
I could continue with all this but I think you get the idea. My question isn’t really what would it look like if the Astros won the World Series? I am far more concerned about things that could really change us or could really change the world around us.
What would it look like if we showed the world how much we love God and love neighbor?
The world would like to know the answer to that one.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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