The Acts of Disciples
They Are Devoted to the Fellowship of Believers
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Key Verse: Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
As we discuss the early believers, we are looking for actions that God wants of all believers today. Today’s Key Verse certainly fits in that category. God still expects His children to keep a big dose of devotion in their lives for spiritual things.
God hates a passionless heart that has all the correct words but lacks a passion for Him. Look what Jesus said to the Church in Laodicea, in the Book of Revelation:
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
Note that it was in the same generation of believers that some went from devoted to lukewarm about their faith. All of us believers should have enough concern about becoming “lukewarm” that we examine our faith often!
When the scripture tells us that all the believers devoted themselves to spiritual teaching, fellowship, and the Lord’s Supper, it is not referring to a continuous emotional high. These early believers were as human as we are today. They did not always feel like attending opportunities for teaching and worship. The scripture is telling us that they decided to devote themselves to it; it was a decision, not an emotion!
Like us, some teaching times and worship opportunities felt wonderful, and some did not. But these early believers did not go just for the emotional highs; they went because they understood that it was the action of a serious Christ-follower.
The challenge for all of us today is to devote ourselves to the spiritual things that we know we need! That decision guides us to say “no” to some things so that we can make room for the things we must say “yes” to.
For example, we cannot honestly say we are devoted to the teaching of Scripture yet miss most teaching opportunities so that we can do other worldly activities. These other worldly activities may not be sinful, but they are harmful to spiritual passions when they replace spiritual opportunities.
When God’s people get their priorities mixed up, the result is “lukewarmness” in their hearts. Let’s determine to fight this tendency!
Father, help me to be honest about my spiritual condition. Help me to clearly see the things to devote myself to in this life. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.