Read the passage Here
My first thought when I read this passage was: “Man, what an incredible church!” They’re generous, they study hard, they worship sincerely, they have joy regardless of circumstances, they love being together, no wonder people wanted to join them! My next thought was, what did those believers in Acts have that we don’t have?
The answer: Nothing. They served the same God and had the same Holy Spirit. They weren’t special at all, they were simply responding naturally to the work of Christ.
See, I suspect that if our eyes were unwaveringly fixed on what Christ did for us and the empty tomb; then we’d live differently. Instead of wishing we always had more, we would realize that even the neediest among us is still wealthier than 99% of the people on earth. We would stop bickering about preferences and focus on things that will actually matter in eternity. We wouldn’t gossip. We would prioritize God’s Word. We would be the first to point out sin and the first to forgive and restore. When people around us screw up, we would extend to them the same grace that God has given us.
These believers were not super-Christians with an extra dose of the Holy Spirit. They, by God’s grace, were simply trying to do what Paul did: “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”
Discussion starters for the comment board: Out of all the activities mentioned in the passage, which one do you need to grow in most? What are the things that most often distract you from fixing your eyes on Jesus?
I’ll hint at one of mine: The word starts with “gen” and ends with “erosity”