As a result of the apostles' work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter's shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed.
— Acts 5:15-16 NLT
I love that the negative impact and the deceptive work of Satan in the lives of the early church are short-lived. Yes, they occur. Yes, Jesus' early followers sometimes wandered astray. However, in a short time, they are back on track doing the work of Jesus. In our negative and explosively critical world today, we can easily get bogged down in our failures, missteps, sins, faults, and embarrassments. Social media shaming bogs us down even deeper. The unstoppable work of Jesus must not be lost to the Satan-propelled negative sentiments of our failures. We serve the Lord whose tomb is empty. This risen Lord can turn darkness to light, death to life, and failure into a new future. Rather than wring our hands or beat each other up for our past failures, let's get on with the work of the Lord and honor him by leaning into his grace and his plan for our future!
O God, thank you for the example of the early church. They dealt with sin and failure in their lives, then moved back into ministry. Use me, O Lord, to help us look beyond our failures and to the future of your ministry and mission for us as your people. O Holy Spirit, we desperately need your power and presence to help us move out of the shadows of our messes and failures into the work and mission Jesus has for us. Help us, O LORD, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 15:4-6
- Hebrews 6:9-12
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.