So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Galatians 6:10 NASB
Why is it that church folk are the ones who treat other church folk the worst? First of all, we are called to love everyone so we should be the most loving people on the planet. However sometimes when you go you feel like you about to step into a den of vipers or go 12 rounds with a boxing master but when the love is there the worship experience is unbelievable.
Second and lastly, we have to remember that none of us is all the way there yet. So we must be patient with our brothers and sisters while we are trying to do good. Being patient in and of itself may be the most good while we all grow into the perfection of God and put on the robe of righteousness.
saying, “What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
Acts 4:16 NASB
People ask all the time for evidence of God. Prove to me He exists is the common refrain uttered by unbelievers. Yet when evidence is given the narrative changes, such as it did here in acts 4. Notice that the text says that they acknowledged that a major miracle had taken place AND they couldn’t deny it. The evidence was standing right in front of them.
What happens next is key. For everyday we are presented with evidence of God’s love, power and existence. What do we choose? Will we acknowledge Him as Lord or will we not.
Let us choose wisely.
Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 NASB
When I read about the early apostles I recognize their boldness in which they preached the gospel. And I keep asking when was the last time we boldly proclaimed the Word of God? When was the last time someone recognized us as having been with Jesus?
Perhaps it stems from the fact that Peter and John spoke with confidence. Rarely do we speak about the gospel with the certainty and confidence that early apostles did. Why is that? The God we serve is the same and He has not changed. Why then should we be any less bold and confident?
Let us pray we will learn to speak boldly and confidently about our relationship with Jesus Christ.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 NASB
Sometimes people look at this passage and think it means that you are carefree in your attitude. On the contrary, scripture speaks about planning and leaving inheritance for the future and preparing for tomorrow. But tomorrow is not promised, so there is nothing good that can come from being anxious about what will happen tomorrow. Today is what you have been granted by God. Let us pray for the wisdom and strength to make it through today’s challenges. If we pray for that, God will set us up for tomorrow and the day after that.
Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Romans 2:1 NASB
If we are honest it is hard not to judge. You see something and you immediately go into critique mode. It’s because we are all like a bucket of crabs, using each other to prop ourselves up. We feel good when we can say, well at least I’m not like them.
But all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And just because you didn’t physically kill that person doesn’t mean you didn’t murder their character with your gossip. We all are on the sin spectrum. Doesn’t matter where on the spectrum you are, we are all in need of saving.
Thanks be to God that He offers us a way out through Christ.
As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalms 18:30 NASB
“Go with the known, leave the unknown alone.” – James Flint
He used to say the above at least 3 times during practice to remind us that there was a certain way, a tried and true method to having success in life. Although he wasn’t referencing the text for today it is a perfect quote for the text today.
God’s way has been tried over and over again. He never fails. Never. This is why we need to put our trust in Him and follow His path for our lives.
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalms 73:26 NASB
Sometimes you have to make a choice and then stick with that choice no matter what may happen. Indeed if more of us were wholly committed in our service to God we would have seen some more truly wonderful things by now. I love what the psalmist wrote here because you don’t write something like that unless you are all in, wholly committed to the Lord.
I pray that one day we will all have the courage to write, speak and believe that way.