Hearts Overflowing

Sunday’s Scripture –May 3, 2020

John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47

Reflection

At the end of Acts 2, we are told about the life of the early Church:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

What are we devoting ourselves to these days?

It’s a good time to ask, in the midst of a global health crisis. Crises have a way of helping us sift out our priorities. In fact, the word “crisis” comes from a Greek word that means to make a decision, and it connotes a separating of sorts. In other words, a crisis forces us to make decisions about what is truly important. Perhaps the blessing of our current moment is that we can see more clearly what matters and what doesn’t. Because it’s all too easy to devote ourselves to things that distract us, or keep us from loving God and neighbor, or hold us back from God’s will and ways.

The priorities of the Church at first are still the things worth clinging to now. The apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers is a good list of priorities, don’t you think?

Later on in the same passage, we are told what can happen when we devote ourselves to the things God cares about: “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts. Praising God and having the goodwill of all people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)

First, the early believers spent much time together in the temple. We can’t be in the “temple” or together right now, but the point is that they had much time to spend. When we let go of what doesn’t matter, we actually have time for the things that do. Next, they had gladness, generosity, and goodwill. And finally, the Church grew. Who wouldn’t want more of these things?

Life will eventually resume to some form of normalcy, but let’s not miss the opportunity of today. We may have to separate from some things, but devoting ourselves again to God will result in hearts overflowing.

 

Questions

  • What are you devoting yourself to these days? Without judgment, name them.
  • Considering your answer to question 1, what are the things you need to sift out of your life in order to devote yourself to the priorities of God?
  • To that end, what step will you take this week to obey?

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