Maybe if the Book of Acts was named the Book of “Actions,” the church would be getting more done. Am I the only one who reads this power-packed account and thinks, “Why does the church look so different today?”.
Think about it; comparatively, the church doesn’t hold a Bic lighter to the unrestrained, Holy flame of God regularly at work in the church of Acts. Well, I’m just crazy enough to try to get to the bottom of all this and ask the hard questions and, hopefully, live up to the hard answers I end up finding.
Given a shotgun examination of just the first few chapters of Acts, even before the Apostle Paul comes on the scene, we see all kinds of MOMENTUM.
Yeah, Momentum. Motion. Action. Some get-up-and-go!
Contrast and compare. Where is the, “We can’t help but speak the things we’ve seen and heard?” Where are the bold and crazy cries of, “We ought to obey God rather than man?” I mean, there was such great boldness and those being added to the church daily and having all things in common and distributing wealth and breaking bread with gladness and praising God in the Temple and in the homes!
I see a continuously active church. Momentum and motion. The things of God were numerous and prevailing…so much that all Jerusalem was turned upside down by their doctrine!
They were continuously giving themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). Why is this so different than what we do?
It shouldn’t be. So…let’s do ALL this stuff. Let’s be active and regular in our evangelism and teaching and our approach to the Gospel. Let’s be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t be containable as we serve the Lord. There should be no stopping us. Relentless…we should be relentless. Never give up; never surrender!
Go. Go. Go! Pray. Pray. Pray! The Word. The Spirit. Preach. Teach. Proclaim. Suffer. Fight. Never quit. Never let up. Our time is short and the harvest is ripe.