Friday, May 8, 2020
Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Many churches across the world are preaching a false gospel, yet they deceive themselves into thinking they are a 21st century embodiment of Acts 2:46-47. They aren’t.
Just the same, there are godly mission organizations and Christ-centered churches that remain relatively anonymous even though they love Christ and remain faithful to His Word. Perhaps you are involved in one.
There is no Biblical guarantee that every godly church will explode in the same manner this early Church did. In fact, when too much emphasis is placed on the early Church’s expansion, we miss their emphatic example. Look at the quality of these believers in Acts 2:46-47:
- They broke bread from house to house
- They were glad and sincere in their hearts
- They had an attitude of praise
- They had favor with all people
Are those words you would use to describe your local church? These believers shared meals from “house to house,” which implies that everyone had an open door policy! Christians weren’t reclusive and stand-offish. They were welcoming: not just in action but in sincerity of heart.
Have you ever been moved by the Spirit to take a younger couple out to eat or invite a struggling believer over to your house for coffee? There was joy in that meal wasn’t there? Have you ever opened your home to a traveling missionary or someone in need of shelter? There was joy in that ministry, wasn’t there?
These believers in Acts 2:46-47 literally shared a taste of heaven on earth – not because the food was great, but because the fellowship was genuine. And it’s no wonder people kept pouring in from all over the region to see what this new organism called “Church” was all about.
Frankly, there are too many fake smiles and half-hearted “hellos” in our churches nowadays. We have become artful dodgers: caring about people for a few minutes on Sunday and then avoiding them for the rest of the week.
So today, with sincerity of heart, will you consider those you can reach out to in your local assembly? What gifts and materials has God given you that you can use as a means of spreading His joy to others?
Use them! Open your doors. Put some bread in the oven. Be available. Be sincere. Be a worshipper through hospitality! That’s the application from Acts 2:46-47.
You may not start a revival overnight, but don’t be surprised if God sends one!
Prayer Point: Be transparent with God. Confess to Him ways in which you’ve been selfish lately with your time, money, and resources, and pray for Him to infuse in you a desire to start serving others with those means. If you don’t know how best to serve, pray for God to bring a ministry opportunity your way, and then live in anticipation of it!
Extra Refreshment: Read The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25:31-46, and notice how closely hospitality is connected to worship. It is so important to Christ that it actually serves as a distinguishing mark between believers and unbelievers.