Take a journey with me. A journey unlike most I take. Most of the times I go somewhere, I’m in a hurry – so intent on getting to the destination that I don’t take the time to enjoy the scenery during my time spent travelling. I’m not just talking about my trips back to South Dakota to visit relatives or other road trips I take with my family, but also the journey I take through God’s Word. So often I have rushed through it, trying to read as much as I can to make sure I can keep up with my daily through-the-Bible-in-a-year reading plan.
Don’t get me wrong, those reading plans are great; any time we are in God’s Word it is a good thing. I’ve read through the Bible in a year a couple of times, and I learned a lot. But so often I became focused on the destination that I was distracted from enjoying the journey. I focused too much on checking another book off the list, and spent too little time considering what God was saying through that book of the Bible.
Recently I’ve started reading the Bible in smaller chunks, just a dozen or so verses at a time, but reading them a couple times, slowing down to contemplate on them, meditate on them, and to let the Holy Spirit talk to me through them. Not focusing so much on the destination, but enjoying the journey.
But taking this enjoyable journey by myself is, well, kind of lonely. I need some company. I want you to join in with me. Stop back here each weekday as we read through a book from God’s Word, a chapter or less each day, with a few thoughts from me as well. Remember, your comments are always welcome!
In His Peace,
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Don’t misunderstand this reading. Ananias and Sapphira were not struck down because they didn’t give enough to the LORD. It was that they LIED to HIM! (BTW – bad idea, He knows our thoughts.) The people of the early church were not mandated to give all to the church, just as we do not mandate a tithe or any other amount. What damage would it do the churches reputation (and the One we represent) if someone went around talking about how he/she gave so much to the poor because they loved Jesus, only to find out that they gave only a fraction of that amount?
This passage is about integrity more than it is about stewardship. It’s about doing the right thing even when no one else is watching or would ever know. That’s integrity! What is the result of that spiritual integrity? Read again verses 13-14 “…the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord…”
May God us that integrity so we might impact OUR community in amazing ways.
This section is obviously a continuation from yesterday’s reading. After Peter and John were released, they returned to the group and reported what had happened. Notice the group’s response – prayer. Also note a few things about that prayer. First, they pray with a great understanding of scripture, even including it in their prayers.
Second, they understand the persecution they are undergoing is different from that which Jesus underwent. His persecution was for a reason and was part of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Their persecution was not for the same reason, but was cause by the evil one trying to keep the message from being spread to those who needed to hear it.
Third, they prayed for God’s power to be demonstrated among them as they did what they did in Jesus name. God answered their prayer by giving them a physical reminder of the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit first came upon them, giving them the boldness to continue the task of spreading the Good News.
May God grant us that same boldness through the same Holy Spirit to do the same task of spreading His Good News!