Daily Devotional – Wednesday, July 13, 2022
“All the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” (Acts 2:44, NLT)
The picture that Luke paints of the early Church is one of family—sharing everything, spending time together, making memories. They were a supportive community that not only enjoyed being together, but spent their time trying to ‘do life with Jesus.’ They put their belief in Jesus at the center of everything they did, their attitudes toward one another and their hope for the future. Jesus had told them he was coming back and they lived with a tangible expectation that he could return at any moment.
Tragically, since that time, the Church has lost more than just our anticipation in Jesus’ soon return. As we took our eyes off the skies hoping to catch a glimpse of Jesus returning, we have also become blind to those around us. We have become more than just a little preoccupied with the task of making ourselves comfortable on planet earth, forgetting that our real home is heaven. Our outward focus has turned inward, too often times resulting in the replacement of the generosity the early Church was renowned for with selfishness and me-first thinking.
We complain that the Church is dying. Might I suggest that the remedy is found in the mirror? We need to regain the reality that Jesus’ return is truly imminent…every day brings us one day closer. We also need to regain our connection as family and invite others to join in. Nothing will change until we do.
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!