And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42
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 truth and direction, spending time together in study and in prayer. 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 a picture of practical day-to-day living; days filled with decisions for which they would need direction, and that direction coming from the teaching within the word of God and through prayer.
Our lives are constantly changing and the range of decisions we have to make varies on a daily basis. God’s word is our handbook to everyday living but it doesn’t list every single situation that you will find yourself in, and there isn’t an index at the back of the Bible entitled Daily Decisions. Practical Christianity does not always have clear-cut answers to every question, but God’s word reminds us that He will guide us and direct us in every decision that we need to make.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Prov 3:6). “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Ps 32:8).
The Holy Spirit is our practical helper, guiding us into the truth and wisdom of God’s word which leads us to wise decisions in every area of our life.