Posted by: peebles | November 20, 2012

Acts 2:24 (NIV) ~ They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

The phrase “They devoted themselves” is one of the most inspiring and dynamic descriptions of the early church. They are the first words ever written about the church and a springboard for them to launch into a new direction, to take a huge step forward and radically change the way people serve and worship God.

They devoted themselves…

1 – To the Apostles’ teaching,

2 – To the fellowship,

3 – To the breaking of bread,

4 – To prayer.

Mix all these four things together and you have the beginning of a great revival. You have people who devoted themselves. No one needed to chase them up because they had not been to church for awhile, or ask them if they had read their Bible that week. No one had to say to them, “Tell people about Jesus,” because they just did it. The Bible says in Acts 2:42 (NIV), “They devoted themselves.”

The Greek word for devoted is proskartereo meaning to join, to adhere to, to be ready, to give attention to, to be faithful, to be devoted to, to spend much time together and be fully committed to. The first century church had a devotion to the things of God all by themselves. They wanted to learn more about Jesus, they were hungry for the word of God. Moreover, everyone was filled with awe and many wonders and miraculous signs were done. They had a desire to please God and to meet together to seek his will. Furthermore, there was such a desire within each and every one of them to tell people about Jesus and to continue the work that the Holy Spirit had started by the will of God. They had an awe of God, a reverence, and a devotion to the things of God.

The Bible says in Romans 12:10 (NIV), “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.” The Greek word for devoted is Philostrgos meaning, loving dearly. We are to love each other dearly with the love of God.

They devoted themselves.

Imagine if you will, this little thought, these newborn babes had just received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and there within each and every one of them was such a hunger for the things of God, and to devote themselves to God and to doing his will here on earth. What you do for yourself, no one else need do for you.

My friend, what a difference that would make to the growth, the health, and stature of the church today to have believers who adopt the same hunger and love for the things of God, just like the early believers, as the Bible says in Acts 2:42 (NIV), “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

God bless you my friend, Matthew


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