One of the things I’ve been really enjoying is my devotional time through the Book of Acts. It’s been a while since I last journeyed through this amazing book.
I recently read the account of the first gatherings of believers in Acts 2. It sounds like this:
“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 — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-47).
Holy smokes! That’s incredible!
Obviously there’s a lot to glean from that passage, but here’s one thing that really jumped out at me this time I read it: AWE LEADS TO GENEROSITY.
Why? Awe produces humility in us. Never once have we been absolutely lost in wonder and filled with pride at the same time.
Humility says, “The world don’t revolve around me.” This means, therefore, that we’re all in this together. Generosity is the practical way of saying, “Let’s get through this together.” And this is an incredibly attractive way to live!
It’s this kind of living – filled with awe, grounded in humility, and moved by generosity – that draws others into worshiping God with you.
So maybe this week, instead of trying to convince others how correct we are, we should look up and live in awe. The rest of it has a way of working itself out.
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