Acts 2:42 – And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
- Devotion – Strong attachment or affection, marked by profound dedicated loyalty.
This passage in Acts chapter 2, from verse 42 through to 47 is a tremendous insight into a true fellowship of believers. After Peter had spoken on Pentecost, we are told that those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. These new Christians devoted themselves to the Scriptures and to all that the apostles taught them. They devoured the word with a fresh hunger for the truth, spending time together in prayer and in remembering the Lord’s sacrifice as He instructed them. Through this devotion awe came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were being done. They came together in one purpose having all things in common. They sold what they owned, distributing the proceeds to all as any had need. They worshipped as one and attended the temple together. They opened their homes to one another and shared meals together. They received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. This is not saying that all the people loved them but rather that they loved and showed grace toward all the people.
This is a picture of what real Christian devotion looks like. It is a devotion which is pleasing to God and through it the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. There is so much for us to learn through this short passage. We sometimes expect God to make the miraculous happen without any effort on our part. We want to see revival. We want to see people getting saved. We want to see our churches filled once again. Unfortunately, we are sitting back waiting for it to happen and then wondering why it’s not.
If we want to see the power of God at work, we need to get to work because God works through us and it starts with genuine devotion:
- Devotion to biblical teaching.
- Devotion to fellowship.
- Devotion to the breaking of bread.
- Devotion to prayer.
Lord, fill us afresh with a newly kindled desire to dedicate our lives to your service and may our devotion to you be evident in all that we do. Amen