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. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity...
— Acts 2:42-46 NLT
From our experience teaching university students, both my daughter and I are amazed at how many students do not see academic fraud — a.k.a., cheating — as a "big deal"! Devotion to learning, and especially devotion to applying what is learned, are highly undervalued. This situation leaves young adults exposed and ill-equipped for the rapidly changing world that demands constant learning and incorporation and adaptation of knowledge. An online search can give a lot of information but leave the searcher more bewildered by the information than enhanced by true wisdom and knowledge. In contrast, I have found pockets of disciples all over the world who are committed to the apostles' teaching — to opening the Scriptures, reading the Bible, acquiring the truth from what they have learned, and seeking mentors to help them incorporate and apply what they have learned. This passion, fueled by the Holy Spirit and enhanced by his presence in our lives, helps form us. The apostles were inspired to give us Jesus' truth. The Spirit helps us as we seek to understand and apply that truth. The Spirit is at work among us when we are together and seek the truth. Let's use these early disciples' example to stir us to be devoted to the Scriptures and the apostles' teaching!
O Father, thank you for the teaching and examples of your early inspired and miracle-working witnesses to Jesus. Holy Spirit, I know you are my anointing from the Father to help me know the truth about Jesus. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to make your presence and truth clear to me as I seek you in the Scriptures. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 John 2:18-29; 1 Corinthians 2:11-16
- Philippians 4:8-9; 1 John 1:1-4
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.