“And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
Who is Luke talking about? He is talking about believers, devoting to the word that was taught by the apostles. As believers we have a tendency to complain when we have to leave the comfort of our home to fellowship at church. Why is there never any complaining when partying or entertaining with non- Christian friends? I remembered many years ago a woman told me that she prefers going out with non-Christian friends because they always pay her compliments by telling her that she is just like them. I responded to her. “ I would want my non believing friends to see a change in my life” When people don’t see a change in one’s life after professing to know Christ, then there is a problem. We need to examine our heart to see if we are truly followers of Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 13:5)
They devoted themselves to the apostles or pastors teaching without complaining about the teaching or the length of it. The apostles were teaching everything they learned from Jesus and their experiences with him. If anyone who had the corner on truth, it was these men. They lived and walked with Christ. What would we do if we have to be in church everyday, the complaints and excuses would be more than a mile long! The believers in the Book of Acts had no problem sitting and learning from the apostles, they were so hungry for the word and people were getting baptized daily. We as believers become partners with other believers because we are in the body of Christ. Our responsibility is to stimulate one another to live in righteousness and obedience to God.
As believers, our responsibilities are to serve the body of Christ, to tell people the good news of Jesus Christ, to assemble together for prayer, to study his word, to have communion with each other and most important to be imitators of Jesus Christ. Beloved, Christ didn’t save us just to sit in the pews or to come to church when we feel like it. “ For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) You see, my friends, we are not saved just to be spectators, we are truly disobeying the Lord when we are not serving or giving of ourselves to the body of Christ.
We all need to remember that when we complain and whine about serving within the body of Christ, that beforehand God prepared good works for us. We are expected to walk in a manner worthy of the calling in Christ Jesus. I have a sign on my kitchen wall that says” Be thankful when you are tired and weary, because it means that you have made a difference” That saying is so true because the difference we have made is not about us but us serving God and his people.
I want to leave you with these last few verses from Acts 2. As believers we really don’t take our position in Christ seriously. Some of us would rather have fellowship outside the body of Christ on a Sunday or anytime the church might be having fellowship with the believers. Some would rather stay at home because they have had a long week, and some would rather stay at home to watch Television. My friends, the list could go on and on about the excuses we make not to fellowship with the believers.
May God change our hearts and give us convictions where they are needed. May we heed to the warning of the Holy Spirit as God draw us to fellowship with each other, to be with one another, to do whatever it takes to help the brethren.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple or church together breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:44-47) My friends, this a lot to chew on but we need to remember that this is just a foreign land we live in and we should never forget what our responsibilities as believers are.
Lord, there are so many out there not understanding their position in Christ. My prayer for them is that they will seek your face and spend time in the Scriptures realizing that our Christianity is serious and not just playing church.
For those who have not yet put their faith in Christ Jesus, I pray that you will go to him and cry out to him to have mercy on your soul. Without Jesus Christ, there is no entrance to heaven. Talk to him like you would to anyone. Tell him that you know that you are a sinner and that you would like him to change your life. My friend, repentance is so important in the lives of a believer, without it, we will not recognize how sinful we are. “ Just so, I tell you there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10