Friday, January 14, 2011

Thoughts on Acts 1-2

Wow, can I say that I think a key text from today's reading is, "Save yourselves from this untoward generation" (Acts 2:40). In committing ourselves to this Bible Semester, I think we can put Peter's words into action. These early Christians were really a force to be reckoned with, weren't they. Let's examine the elements that characterized this body that was on fire for the Lord:

(1) They prayed without ceasing
(2) They waited on the Lord to deliver the promise of the Holy Spirit (instead of trying to conjure an answer to this promise themselves)
(3) They sought God when making a decision, then followed His direction
(4) They were all ready when the promise of the Spirit was delivered and allowed Him to take control
(5) They spoke the wonderful works of God, knew scripture better than the backs of their hands
(6) They baptized and added many each day to their ranks
(7) They were not ecumenical
(8) They fellowshipped
(9) They shared their food and possessions
(10) They did many wonders and signs
(11) They were of one accord, constantly together
(12) They were always praising God

Where are we lacking as a body of God's people? Let's pray that the Lord will help us to rectify these things, so that as God pours out His Spirit once again in these last days, we will be the embodiment of prophecy being fulfilled.