What a great few days of prayer and fasting. So encouraged by this week at Compelled. This week I was reading and meditating on some Psalms, but also on the Book of Acts.
Acts is an amazing, historical account, written by Luke, of the early church. One cannot read it and not be amazed at the growth of the church, the boldness of the disciples, the amount of miracles, and the level of commitment believer’s had.
Many want an Acts church today and wonder why we don’t have the same results? I have been pondering this and have come to some conclusions and then some conclusions on my conclusions.
- I wonder if we are as committed to Christ and His work as the Acts Church?
- I wonder if we value being full, baptized, and led by the Spirit of God like they were?
- I wonder if we don’t want to avoid offending people, or the persecution and opinion of us that would follow, if we are bold and courageous like the Acts Church?
- I wonder if we intentionally build our faith daily like they did. They took time to pray, listen to apostles teach, be with believer’s learn the Scriptures. They took the time needed to have great faith?
My conclusions to my conclusions
- We need to evaluate our true level of commitment to living for Christ, not just believing.
- We need to be baptized and filled with the Spirit of God, thus having the boldness and power to speak for Christ.
- We need to take time to grow our faith. We (also me) have time for Netflix, facebook, IPad games, sucked into fake news and every dumb share on social media, etc, but most believer’s don’t invest daily time to read, grow, listen, spend time with Christ.
- We need a hunger. A deep hunger in our spirits for more of the Lord in our lives. It so encouraging to see people hungry for Jesus this week.
- I believe we are supposed to be the Acts Church. I don’t think it was the will of God that the church and believers today be so different from then.
Pastor Nate Elarton, follower of Jesus