They devoted themselves …

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

They devoted themselves … “

This is what they did. This is what we are called to do.

Let’s think about something else – not about what they did, not about what we are called to do. Let’s think about Jesus – what he has done for us, what he does for us and what he will do for us.

Devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching – this is what they did, this is what we are called to do. What is the apostles’ teaching? Who stands at the heart of the apostles’s teaching? Jesus – the Saviour, who died for us and was raised again for us.

Devoting themselves to fellowship – this is what they did, this is what we are called to do. What does it means to be in fellowship with each other? – It means that we are in Christ. He is our Saviour. It’s Jesus who brings us together. It’s Jesus who holds us together.

Devoting themselves to the breaking of bread – this is what they did, this is what we are called to do. The breaking of bread – what does this mean? It means that we’re remembering Jesus. It means that we’re rejoicing in him. We’re remembering this – he has redeemed us. We’re rejoicing in this – he has redeemed us.

Devoting themselves to the prayers – this is what they did, this is what we are called to do. What are we doing when we pray. We’re coming to God, our loving, heavenly Father. We’re coming to him through his beloved Son, Jesus:

“For through him (Jesus) we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:18).

In all of our life together, may there be less drawing attention to ourselves and more pointing away from ourselves to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

As we devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers, may there be Jesus, standing at the very centre of all that we do. May we never forget the words that he spoke to his first disciples – and, still, speaks to us, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

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