MONDAY, AUGUST 23
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Acts 2:42 (NLT2)
Author James Clear states, “It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action.” (Atomic Habits, 21)
In Acts 2:42, we see that the first church valued small practices daily! Verse 42 states, “all the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer”. The verb used in this verse, “devoted”, is in the imperfect tense, which translated, would read they were continually devoting themselves.
So, these actions of the early church were ongoing, occurring over and over, again and again. The first Christians were in the habit of committing themselves to God’s word, community, generosity, and prayer every single day. These daily decisions led to the Church expanding across the World!
This Sunday, Mike discussed that our desire to change will never override our daily habits. It has been said, “we are what we repeatedly do”. May our habits shape us to look more like Jesus, day by day!
Pause now and reflect on your faith journey. Are you continually devoted to the things of God? Are you in a rhythm of locking eyes with Jesus and taking a step towards Him?
Thank God for the example of the first church. Ask God to help you be continually devoted to what matters most.