“Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were being saved from spiritual death.” Acts 2:47 Amplified
We see in chapter two of Acts, verses 42 – 47, the new church of Jesus Christ growing, both in number and in fellowship. These verses tell us how this group of more than 3,000 souls were steadfastly persevering, being devoted, having a sense of awe, united, shared their possessions, regularly assembled, broke bread, and held the Lord’s supper. These are all the things we as believers today should be doing.
Additionally we are told that they partook of their food with gladness, simplicity and generous hearts. How often do we partake of things with gladness, simplicity and generous hearts? All too often we moan and complain that what we have could or should be better. We always want the biggest and best of whatever we have, and we tend to hoard our stuff. I know for myself on payday I feel I should reward myself with something, it may only be an iced coffee, but I feel I deserve it for all my hard work. God calls us to be givers, not receivers. This isn’t to say buying yourself an iced coffee or anything else is wrong, but it’s that attitude of being deserving and receiving a reward that is the error.
I suppose that’s the point of our verses today, attitude. Let’s look again at our list of what the new church’s attitude was – steadfastly persevering, being devoted, having a sense of awe, united, shared their possessions, regularly assembled, broke bread, and held the Lord’s supper. Lest we forget they also were constantly praising God.
Let’s try to emulate the early church in our attitudes as well, maybe then we will see people added to the body of Christ.