Unstoppable! 'Devotion and Awe for What Matters' — Acts 2:42-43

Friday, February 7, 2020

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.

A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.

— Acts 2:42-43 NLT

Key Thought

We have been wowed by the computer-generated imagery and special effects in movies. We glibly use the word "awesome" to describe fairly ordinary things we see. Sports coaches use hyperbole to talk about devotion and giving 110% effort. When Luke used the phrases "devoted themselves" and "a deep sense of awe," we can lose our sense of wonder for the history-changing events and community empowered by the Holy Spirit. Luke wrote those words to invite us into God's work of salvation in human history. This work is holy, unique, and epoch-shaping. The two terms Luke used for "awe" mean "a soul-level reverent awe" and refer to what God was doing through ordinary people (Acts 2:42-43, 3:10-12). Those people "devoted themselves" to four aspects of life together (Acts 2:42). Their devotion made them into amazing disciples who, against all the odds, forever changed the world as the Holy Spirit worked through them. Their devotion and awe were directed at the right things and to the right ONE. We will dig deeper into those four things for the next several days. Today, however, let's look at what stirs our devotion and bring us to a deep and reverent awe. Let's ask the Holy Spirit to guide us so our devotion and awe are focused on the right things and the right ONE!

Today's Prayer

Almighty God who is my ABBA Father, thank you! Thank you for Jesus' sacrifice. Thank you for the Spirit's presence in my life. Thank you that these two parts of your being intercede for me as I pray. LORD, I want to be excited about life and the things you have in store for me and your people. I yearn to live with devotion for you and the things that matter to you. Father, I long for the Spirit to help me have a soul-level reverence and awe for you and your work in my life and the lives of your people. I know you will work this devotion and awe in my life as I live with the expectation for your work and power released through the Spirit to me and your other children. I commit to this expectation and pray with all reverence to your honor. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Exodus 15:11, 16:10, 34:10
  • Psalm 8:1-9; Daniel 9:4

Illustration

Illustration of Acts 2:42-43 NLT — 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.
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.

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About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.