Scripture: “And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.” – Acts 2:42 (AMPC).
Meditate: Clearly outlined in the Scripture above are the steps that led the early Church to being so charged up, productive, and effective in reaching out to the then known world. So let me break it down for you very briefly, the way to victorious Christian living.
They: 1. Steadfastly = In a resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering manner. Did what? 2. Persevered = Persisted regardless of the obstacles, continued, carried on, kept on going, was determined, to follow through, press on ahead, did not take no for an answer, stood their ground, stayed the course, stopped at nothing, stuck it out, and hung in there. By 3. Devoting = A large part of their time or resources and activity for the cause of their spiritual growth/Christianity. How? 4. Constantly = Continuously over a period of time; always persistently; around/round the clock, night and day, endlessly, nonstop, incessantly, unceasingly, relentlessly. Did what? 5. Focused on the “instruction and fellowship” of the “Apostles” and of the Lord’s Supper and prayers.
That’s all they did. And I want you to observe: 1. They didn’t have all the modern amenities like mobile phones, Internet, television, car, airplane etc… etc… and yes, even the Bible as we have it today, yet they efficaciously (successful in producing a desired or intended result) reached the world with the Gospel of Christ. 2. When persecuted, they prayed for boldness and didn’t shrink back. 3. When they prayed the place shook under the power of God. 4. Fear and recognition of how powerful their God was came over the cities in which they lived. 5. The power of God was so tangible that a couple died when they lied in God’s presence.
Now having noted all this, take an honest look at the state of present day Christendom!!! They prayed more and talked less; today we talk more and pray less! They had no videos or hundreds of books like these days teaching on various spiritual topics, 8 steps to this or 10 steps to that bestsellers! Even with extraordinary sound systems, smoke lights, strobe lights, singing, songs, make-up and attire, we don’t even come close to a genuine manifestation of God’s power at work in services or in the lives of most of those who call themselves Christians! We have gossipers, adulterers, fornicators, gluttons, misers and the like, yet not one falls dead. We have more of emotional drama and hype, lot of Hollywood but hardly any sign of Servanthood, or true repentance and obedience to God instituted authority and prayerful fellowship with the body of Christ – the Church! Godly correction is looked at as being judgmental. And I can go on and on…
Do you really see yourself as a part of the One Church Jesus is coming for – without spot, without blemish, and without wrinkle??? It’s time to put into practice the steps taken by the early in simplicity, starting by responding to God’s call: “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” – 2Chronicles 7:14 (AMPC).