Jewels of Faithfulness

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 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 2:41-47

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Egret Preparing to Strike | Florida Everglades | May 2019

Have you ever had a new car? Or a smartphone? Or a computer? How long was it till the “new” wore off? The new car smell gives way to stale french fries and spilled soda. The smartphone screen gets scratched. The computer gets clogged with bloatware. The thrill is gone. But when it’s new; boy howdy! That new car smell! Did you see the screen on that thing?

Perhaps you’ve experienced that same kind of joy over a newly-found faith. You’ve seen the power of God and his grace seen in answered prayers. The riches and depth of God’s love and grace has become real in the face of your guilt and shame. The kindness of God has been newly shown to you through the actions of a friend. You may have been moved by that to a more fervent worship, a more dedicated commitment to love others, or a more urgent prayer life. 

But what happens when the new wears off? For centuries the followers of Jesus have expressed their faith and love for God by the same behaviors Luke describes here: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). 

While our zeal might wane and grow, these practices – together with the take-home practices of loving fellowship, life together, and evangelism (cf. v 44-47) – are the substance of spiritual nurture that have sustained Jesus’ followers for centuries. Is one of those missing from your walk of faith? Is it time to rediscover the these jewels of faithfulness and see how they can reinvigorate your walk with Jesus?

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