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The Misericord: To What Do You Devote Yourself?

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Ryan Kiblinger

Acts 2.42-47 reads thusly:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods ,they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

In the early Church the believers devoted themselves to just four fairly simple things.  They were earnest in their study of the teaching of the apostles so that they might know more and more about Jesus.  They devoted themselves to spending time with each other.  When they were together, they were genuine in their time spent eating together and in praying for one another, the world, and for God to be made known.  It was out of their devotion to these four things, that they saw tremendous consequences in the world around them.  As they gave up their lives to God, they gave themselves fully to one another.  They shared what God had granted to them as a blessing of material possessions.  They also took the time to meet, not just in private in each other’s homes, but also to publicly witness to others about Jesus in the outer courts of the temple. As a result of the priorities in their lives the Lord responded with a mighty work among them.  He was the one who was adding to their number daily.  It was and is of course Him who saves.

So what exactly are your priorities and where do your devotions lie?  What we decide to devote ourselves to in our hearts regardless of what that is has a way of effecting the entirety of the outward consequences of our lives.  The good news in the midst of this is that God is constantly calling and wooing us to devote ourselves to more noble things.  To turn from things that we used to place in the center of our pursuits, and instead turn to Him and to knowing Him, and being in fellowship with others who believe.  My prayer for you and for our community is that we would devote ourselves to Him and to each other.