The Acts of Disciples
They Tell the World about Jesus – Part II
Scripture Reading: Acts 19:1-10
Key Verse: Acts 19:10
This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
When we read the Bible, it is easy to lose perspective of time. Today’s Key Verse tells us that Paul stayed in this province and taught God’s Word every day for two years.
This is a good reminder to us. Walking with God and building His Kingdom is daily, methodical work. As we read about the beginning days of the church in the Gospels, we see that the church grew by large numbers very quickly.
However, in the later years of the early church, we begin to see what is more typical of how God works in our world. The early church settled in and began the slow work of reaching people for Christ.
They started compassionate ministry centers to feed hungry people. They set up people’s homes for the gathering of believers for worship and teaching sessions. They endured both hard days of persecution and good days of victory.
As we read the Book of Acts, let’s be careful not to put God in a box and believe that He works in our day like He did in the early days of the church. Yes, God is indeed on the move in our day as He was moving in the early church.
But God is not static or stuck in a one way of working. It is better to look at God’s work from our “rear view mirrors” rather than trying to see what is happening around us. As we look back, we often see how God moved powerfully in our lives. We just could not see it as it happened. The Apostle Paul described it in Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God is building us into the people he wants us to be step by step over the years of our lives. He puts a desire in our lives to do something one year and maybe two years later we see why He did that. Some of the things we do seem so insignificant when they happen. Yet later we see that God was preparing us for a very something significant.
If someone could follow us around and write down all the pieces that come together to finally make us who we are at the end of our lives, it might read like the Book of Acts. It might be even more dramatic as someone read the summary of our lives in a few short chapters.
That is what the Book of Acts is. It is a summary of the disciples lives in a few chapters. It probably seems more dramatic to us than it did to them.
We just cannot see most of God’s plan for our lives until we reflect on it years later.
Father, You are at work in my life, even when I can’t see it. I trust Your plan. I will walk in obedience with the help of Your Holy Spirit. As I make my plans, please continue to guide my footsteps. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.