Devotions for February 9, 2017

ACTS 2:42-47

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[b]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

ACTS 4:31-35

31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

EVERYTHING IN COMMON

The christians in the early church set a pretty high bar for what generosity is supposed to look like. What’s interesting is that this bar for generosity seems to be set not by some standard or guideline, but rather simply by the outpouring of their changed and redeemed hearts.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: The early church are displaying a pretty radical mindset and lifestyle here. Do you think their actions in verse 44 had anything to do with what they set their hearts on in verse 42-43?

Q: What does 2:44 and 4:32 tell you about the condition of the people’s hearts? Do you think this is righteous living because “those are the rules” or because that’s just what is flowing out of theirs hearts?

Q: If someone were to dissect your heart (not literally 😃) would they find that you are generous with your belongings because of your love for Jesus or because that’s just what christians are “supposed” to do?

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