TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
“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)
GROW WITH ONE ANOTHER
In 2008 Sanya Richards-Ross competed in the 400 Meter race in the Olympics in Beijing. She started the race strong and built a substantial lead before locking up on the home stretch. She finished third for the Bronze. In 2012 she competed and won the gold medal in the 400 Meter in the Olympics in London with a time of 49.55 seconds. Four years, Sanya Richards-Ross waited. Four years she waited with the hunger pangs of unfinished business and the sense of an uncompleted mission. When they introduced her before the 400 meters in London, she blew a kiss to the camera, went out and got the gold medal she had worked tirelessly for since Beijing.
Just as Sanya Richards-Ross was devoted to her pursuit of Olympic Gold… those early Christians modeled devotion to Christ and the process of becoming like Him. They were intentional and disciplined about the process of becoming devoted followers of Jesus Christ. (Monty Newton, The Making of a Compelling Christian Community)
In Acts 2:42 the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles teaching.” The word devoted is in the imperfect tense which means this was ongoing, occurring over and over, again and again. And what were they devoted to? It was the teaching of God’s word by the apostles. The Bible teaches that new Christians crave God’s word like a newborn baby craves milk. And just like milk helps a baby grow and be physically healthy, God’s word helps a Christian grow to be spiritually healthy.
Studying the Bible is essential to growing our faith in God and understanding why we believe what we believe. It’s also essential in helping us to resist temptation. The small groups here at Northstar are another way that we want to live out the biblical imperative of being devoted to God’s teaching. Who are some of the people who have helped you get a grasp in understanding the Bible? Who are the people God has used you to help better understand the Bible? Pray God will grow both of these types of relationships in your life.