Do you ever find yourself in awe at the detailed precision of the God we serve? As I write this, sitting in our camper in the flood-ravaged town of Fort Vermillion, where we have been ministering as Chaplains to those who have lost everything, God shows up. At this moment, we couldn’t be in a better community to see Acts 2: 42-46 lived out: “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals 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.”
We have seen this played out daily in this faith-based community. There are large numbers of joyful volunteers, generous givers of resources, and humble hosts, rare in our self-serving world. It truly is God’s people coming together to serve in Jesus’ name as the church did at Pentecost.
We see in 2 Samuel how David is promised by God that his descendants would continue for all time, and then David boldly asks for the blessing God promised to be upon him and his descendants. We return to Acts 2 as Peter boldly speaks the words of David to the crowd and confirms that this has been fulfilled through Christ Jesus, that God’s promises are always true, and that the gift of the Spirit is given to all who believe.
What an amazing God: he weaved his promises throughout his word, and it all pointed to his Son. When I see his people live out the truths of his word in action, with grace and the compassion of Jesus, serving others with joy, genuine love, and the care that honours the one they serve in the midst of heartache, it truly shows the living word of God today, as Jesus laid in the foundation for his first followers.
I believe that we are all called to serve and bring hope to those hurting. Maybe now, in this uncertain and unprecedented time of economic loss and fear, we as God’s people will have an opportunity to show who Jesus is with generosity, love and hope. I challenge you to prayerfully search your heart and follow the prompting of the Spirit and show your neighbour, your city and the world the hope of Jesus.
Husband to Janet, reno expert and man of prayer