Scripture: Acts 12:5
But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.
Have we made church complicated? Have we allowed our own lives to get so full that we don’t have time to take a step back and give time to the most important things? As I read Acts 12 today, I was reminded that the early church gave their time to God and to each other. They lived their lives in front of the world but were devoted to these two things.
When I add up my life I’m a bit worried I spend too much time on other things than God and His people. Suzanne and I watch our favorite shows a couple nights every week. Sometimes we even just sit around and star eat each other (well, not really. Usually I’m doing work and she’s reading a book). I then use a word I seem to like a lot these days – balance. We need balance in our lives. Nobody can just spend all their time with God and people. But is there really anything more important?
I dont want to be religious about this. I want to enjoy life, enjoy my family, enjoy the good things that our country offers. I think Jesus wants us to enjoy. But I’m well aware today that I’m not ready to live the kind of life seen in the early church. My starting point is to simply be with Jesus and allow His word to tweak my life in any way He desires.
Jesus, we both know that I don’t spend the kind of quality time I need with you. As a result I struggle with the kind of life I lead presently. I’m thankful for your grace. Show me how to live a life set apart for you like these early believers.