42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42-47 – We’ve heard it all and I think we sometimes like to pick & choose what part of those verses we will do so we can feel like better Christians, or like our church is a better church than the other ones around us. These verses are loaded with good stuff, so I’m not going to attempt to break it all down, but I wanted to remind myself & whoever reads this that it is ALL related.
Verse 43 says, “Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.” In this verse, awe means “fear, dread, terror”. It can also be translated “reverence”. This made me stop & think. Do I (we) have the fear of God in my life? Because if I don’t, then how would I expect to do any (much less many) wonders & miraculous signs?
Verse 46 says they ate together with glad & sincere hearts. Glad means “extreme joy”. Do you have extreme joy? Sincere means “simple”. They weren’t doing too much to where they lost the focus on what life was/is all about. JESUS. And what he had just done for them. Even though they helped crucify him. We helped crucify him.
You know the best part? The Lord added to their number daily (v. 47). We need to fear the Lord. We need to humble ourselves. Get over ourselves. We’re not going to be fulfilling our purpose in life unless we do all of what these verses say. Stop picking and choosing & start fearing God & asking Him what exactly you should do to live out these verses in their entirety. I’ve got some praying to do now… Do you?