DAY 1: WHAT IN THE “WORD” IS GOING ON?
Lord Jesus, your Word takes a place of honor in my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Let your power radiate in my life that I may, like the members of the Early Church, lead others to you, no matter what it costs.
The book of Acts tells of the dramatic accounts of what the apostles and the Early Church accomplished and endured, and it literally takes one’s breath away. The birth pains are harsh, but the joy that comes from the work of the Holy Spirit makes them worthwhile. There are conflicts within the Church, and outside of it. There are issues of prejudice and race; miraculous healings and martyrdom, riots and revivals, but all in all, God’s message finds its way into the hearts and lives of God’s people.
The writers of these Journeys did so from the heart, pulling out from their very being what the Spirit was saying to them. Luke, the writer of the book of Acts, records Peter’s speech to those who stood in amazement when the Holy Spirit rested on those gathered in “one place” at the time of Pentecost. They wondered what in the world was going on, and Peter explained: “When the last days come, I will give my Sprit to everyone. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions…” (Acts 2.17). It is fitting then, that these youth should share the Word, in their own voice, as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
How are you encouraging those around you to share God’s Word? Are you empowering them? Do you know that every believer, no matter how old or young, has a story to share?
Continue in God’s Word. Read and study Scripture daily. Join a Bible study group or meet with believers who will encourage you in God’s Word. Check out the Acts 1.8 Assignment and do something worthwhile in the life of someone else. Travel light for the journey ahead!
Lord, as we commit to reading and studying about the birth of the Early Church and the men and women whom you commissioned to bring it to fulfillment, I pray you will give us your Spirit and a vision of building your kingdom. Amen.