Called to Act


The Daily Dose

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.”  Acts 1: 8 (NIV)

Greetings: Give God the Glory! Let us ask Him to prepare our hearts to receive the His Word, in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Introduction:

When reading Acts 4:33-35 we find that God was concerned about the spiritual and physical welfare of His people. To address the issue, the Lord blessed and empowered his apostles to make sure that there would be “no needy among them?” God also made witnesses to miracles and events recorded in the Book of Acts so they could tell others about what they had seen.

Point:

Discover the purpose of The book of Acts and its content to better understand why divine acts were necessary to deliver God’s people. The people were much like modern-day Christians, many wanted signs, proof, or evidence that God could work miracles.

Narrative:

The Book of Acts is one of the greatest Bible books ever written. In contemporary perception, perhaps Christians envision it as the epic inauguration of the church, the most phenomenal open house ever in the world, and certainly “the greatest divinely inspired show on earth.” In short, the purpose of the book of Acts or “Acts of Apostles’ was to put the world on notice that God had propelled His divine and phenomenal commission upon earth to be carried out by His Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit working within specifically handpicked believers.  

Illustration

Acts 16: 25-27, Paul was freed from prison by an earthquake (16:25-27).

Acts 16:25-27 King James Version (KJV)

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed.

  Acts 9:1-9 New International Version (NIV) Saul’s Conversion Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Both acts emphasized the work of the Lord in ways where bad was meant for good. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20. Throughout our lives, many seemingly bad events happen that turn out beneficial rather than damaging. The earthquake is one of many.

33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” Acts 4: 33-35

The fact that providing for the needy is addressed in the Book of Acts is not coincidental. This scripture implicitly speaks to Jesus’s view on feeding the spiritually destitute, the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering those in the storm. Acts 4: 33-35 reveal the depths to which the apostles went to minister too, feed, and provide for God’s people as an example for other believers. Some apostles sold land, and houses they owned to feed and tend to God’s sheep. Here we see the selfless sacrifice in that some apostles gave all they had to those who had nothing or less. We are called to do the same.

Conclusion

Because we are God’s people, we must not limit our concerns or acts to the physical needs of people or vice versa, the spiritual needs of people. Any acts performed in the name of God must embody the Holy Spirit as well as evidence of a holistic approach. God has given those He called to serve the power to act. To act as God intended, we must hide his Word in our hearts. As Prof. Kamer states in his video “Speak God’s Word”  without God’s Word there can be no ministry of the Word.

The Benediction:

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3: 20 -21

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