Scripture: Acts 2:46
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
Based on this chapter we know what the early church was doing (sharing, preaching, fellowshipping, etc). But here in verse 46 we get a glimpse of the atmosphere that was present as they did these things. Atmosphere is often so critical.
When I have dinner with my family I can create a certain atmosphere. It can either be a fun and enjoyable time or it can be a depressing and discouraging time. We can do the same activity and walk away feeling two different things. The early church created, by the power of the Holy Spirit, a certain atmosphere: gladness and simplicity.
There was so much joy that marked the early church. They would sit around the dinner tables and laugh and thoroughly enjoy the moment. They would also stay away from complexity. They understood that the Kingdom of God expanding in their lifetime was not dependent on their efforts but on their simple responses to the working of the Holy Spirit.
Am I enjoying the journey like I should? The answer depends on the day, but if we develop a culture of joy then my off days will be counteracted by another’s on day.
Am I trying to do too much and in doing so miss the God moments? Slow down. Do less better.
Jesus, your Church is amazing. That it has overcome so much and lasted the test of time is a work of your Spirit. May my life be an encouragement in the lasting impact of your kingdom on this earth.
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