Our read stems from Acts 4 versus 23-37
The question we must all pose in life at one time or another is “are we serious about
Are you serious about God’s will? No truly understand what you are answering before you just blurt out an answer. I desire you to boldly say yes but did you count the cost before you picked up your cross? We will come back to this question.
The verse picks up after Peter and John were detained and released by the chief priests for healing a lame man in the name of Jesus. Since the man was healed and the people were marveled and glorified God because what was done the Chief knew they couldn’t do anything to Peter or John because of the people. So Peter and John rushed back to their congregation and told basically everything they experienced. This is where it gets interesting; in unity they all lifted their voice and prayed
together the same prayer!
"O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them -- 25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor King David, your servant, saying, 'Why did the nations rage? Why did the people waste their time with futile
plans? 26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle; the rulers gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.' 27 "That is what has happened here in this city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius
Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28 In fact, everything they did occurred according to your eternal will and
plan. 29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give your servants great boldness in their preaching. 30 Send your healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your
holy servant Jesus."
They prayed for boldness to teach the gospel! They prayed for power to perform miracles for the sake of their mission of the truth of Chris Jesus. The Lord honored them and after they prayed they were filled with the Holy Spirit! Everyone became one in heart and soul and saw none of their personal treasures as
their own but each others.
These people were so serious about God’s will they gave up their lives and property for each other so no one would lack. A touching sentiment when you reflect that we live in such a selfish world. If we were serious about God’s will then our duty to our brothers and sisters in Christ would be to make sure none of us lacked, spiritual food or physical. It is not easy. Remember Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him? And then each time he said feed my sheep.
My dare to us all is to feed each
other, love each other and grow with each other. Realizing that all we have is for the body of Christ! How different would it be to see the Lord moving among us like he has done in the past, today! Salvation came through the Jews but we have inherited it and let us remember God does not change, neither does he sleep or slumber. We have been washed from our sins. We have been given power in the name of our Lord! Jesus is King and let us make that transition to get on his way of things if we want to do God’s will. Be bold in Christ! He is the way, the truth and the life!
Are you serious about God’s will?
Love you all and I hope the Holy Spirit touched you!
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