Prayer: Teach me through your Word, Dear God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
A palpable awe
43 Awe came upon everyone
Our devotion writer asks; “Can you imagine what it was like to be part of the early church? The awe. The excitement. The faith. The newness. The sharing.” They lived together and shared all they had. “Signs and wonders abounded.” It was a time of excitement and faith. Every day there were new signs and new members and new information. What ever happened?
It doesn’t seem to be that way today. People have tried to establish Christian communes, but all that I ever heard of fell apart. What of today’s church? How do we commune together? Do we share everything? Do we spend our time together in prayer and worship and breaking of bread like the early church? Do we give away our possessions to those in need?
Our devotion writer teaches us that we do our best when we are looking out for our neighbors, and when we share faith, hope and love with each other. When we do this we experience the awe like the early church members did; “It is the awe of God’s presence that opens us to see each day a gift, each community the hands and feet of God, and each person a beloved child of God.”
Prayer: “Inspiring God, fill us with awe in all we do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Life among the Believers
43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.