MONDAY, AUGUST 13
“And they devoted themselves to…”
Acts 2:42 ESV
Ignace Jan Paderewski, the famous pianist, was scheduled to perform at a great concert hall in America. It was a high-society extravaganza. Present in the audience that evening was a mother and her fidgety nine-year old. As the mother turned to talk with some friends, he slipped away and was strangely drawn to the grand Steinway piano on the platform. Staring wide-eyed at the keys the boy sat on the stool; placed his small fingers on the keys and began to play “Chopsticks.” Someone began to shout, “Get that boy away from there!” “Where is his mother?” Somebody get that kid.”
Backstage the master composer overheard the sounds out front. He quickly realized what was happening and hurried toward the stage. Without one word of announcement, he stooped over behind the boy, reached around on both sides, and began to improvise a countermelody to harmonize with and enhance “Chopsticks.” As they played together, the composer kept whispering in the boy’s ear, “Keep going; don’t quit. Keep playing; don’t stop. Don’t quit….” (Charles Swindoll, “Don’t Quit,”)
In Acts 2 the early church was filled with brand new baby Christians. They were continually devoting themselves to certain things to grow spiritually. The imperfect tense of “devoted” means this was ongoing, occurring over and over, again and again. Devotion also has the sense of sticking to something and not quitting. It’s being like super glue, sticking on to something and not letting go.
What are you “devoted” to? Who are you “devoted” to? Is there an area of your life God would lean over your shoulder and whisper “Keep going; don’t quit.” Ask God to examine your devotions today and lead you in ones that will help grow you spiritually, emotionally and mentally.