It’s the week after the crucifixion and resurrection. I would love for us to see what the response of those around Christ’s crucifixion was. We read in the book of Acts that many were gathered in a room, praying for direction, and then the Holy Spirit fell on them and they hit the streets preaching. All the people who fled, denied, and turned their back on Christ as He was being killed are now being used to preach the Gospel. We read in Acts 2:36-41:
Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent (change your way of thinking about Jesus) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
This is what we need today. We must repent in our thinking of Jesus Christ being Messiah. You cannot be a believer and not believe that Jesus is your Christ, Lord, and Master. Yet believers must even REPENT in terms of our understanding of what Christ called us to do. Are we mirroring the response the early Church had? Are we saying Jesus is our master but He is more like a friend who we really care for? Let’s look at the response by the people:
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We read this and think
- That’s impossible to do- so was the resurrection but it was done by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s trust God for this change.
- I don’t want that- well how often do we really WANT to walk away from our sinful habits and seek righteousness before it happens? Generally it’s looking back that we see we are happier now versus then.
Let’s seek what God would have us do and trust the Spirit to change our desires.
Spend 2-3 minutes thanking God for what He has done on the cross, and then spend 2-3 minutes praying asking Him to guide you into how your life may need to change. Ask Him to show you how your life could look similar to that of what we read in the book of Acts.
Start talking to other Christians and NON Christians about this version of the Church. Ask what their mindset of “church” would be if it looked like that. Listen to see if others are also unfulfilled with the way the Church is currently functioning. If we are so unhappy with the setup… why hasn’t it changed? *cough* fear, our flesh, and pride *cough*