Points to Ponder Week of 2/20/23

As we looked at last week, God calls his people to be devoted to a few simple but important things. If the early church had a value statement it may have looked something like this: “We value the Apostles Teaching (scripture), We value the fellowship (sharing life together), We value breaking bread from home to home (sharing with each other), we value prayer (connecting with God).” One additional thing we will see this week is that they had another value that all the previous values helped emphasize: “We value sharing Jesus.” Have you ever been around an evangelist? I mean someone who values sharing Jesus. Someone who takes every opportunity to share Jesus with anyone they can. I’ve got a friend like that, who can turn lunch into a mission trip and Lowes into a mission field. Every place we went he just found a way to turn the conversation to Jesus. In our daily walk are we looking for ways to do this, or are we avoiding having to?
One part of the passage this week that really sticks out and that God challenged me with was in Acts 2:46-47 where Luke writes, “Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” These things that the church was devoted to were not just a weekend activity, they were an every day activity. They were devoted to The Way not just occasionally but every day of their life. And the big point to ponder that came to my mind was that Luke reports “Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Every day someone was being saved in the early church. I believe God can still do that today, the question is are we giving the opportunity every day? Is someone in our church family genuinely sharing the Gospel every day so that the opportunity is there for someone to be added every day? That’s a challenging thought for me. The question is, where is God moving around me today that I can partner and share and give the opportunity for someone to be added to God’s family each day I wake up? Where is God moving around you each day and how can you partner with Him?

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