Thursday, October 7, 2021

Acts 5 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Acts 5:42

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

 

Acts 8:3 - But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

 

Day by day and house by house, one at a time, if need be, we see the Early Church taking this deliberate and thorough hands-on approach to preaching and teaching the Gospel. Can we still say that today? We also see that evil will go to any means necessary to stop or quench the Gospel, but will we preach and teach it? Evil in this world won’t stop, and we can’t either!

 

The Early Church grew exponentially, but I can only remember a couple of accounts of mass conversions. So how did they do it? The answer is right there: house by house and day by day; the Early Church ground it out regardless of the situations and circumstances around them. Could we be a Church like that today? A Church that goes after the one? Jesus does, and if no student is above his teacher, then maybe we should start following His lead on this (and so much more).

 

Whether you are called to preach to the nations or minister to one lonely broken heart, whatever you're called to, do it with everything you have and always for His glory! I’m so very thankful and grateful that God doesn’t look at the “numbers” before He decides whether He is going to come after us. He doesn’t say, “I got 99 more; I don’t need that 1,” but rather, “You guys sit tight. I will be right back!”

 

Matthew 18:12-14 - “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

 

God bless! I love you all, but He loves you more and proved it on the cross! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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