March 16 by Pastor Jonna
Read: Acts 2:42 – 47

At the time that the author wrote, business was not as usual. Jesus had ascended, the Holy Spirit had come down in a powerful way, and about three thousand had become believers in Jesus.
 
Life was not normal, and it spurred quite a reaction from the believing community.
 
Notice what they did: they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers. They were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
 
They believed that Jesus would soon return, and their dramatic actions surely resembled that. They were devoted; they were dramatic. They sold their possessions and belongings and distributed to all in need.
 
We don’t often live expecting Jesus to return soon, but in times like this, we can’t help but think about it. We are reminded that we are not invincible; we will not live forever as we are. We see signs around us that cause us to recognize our mortality, but we do not live in fear. We heed caution and we consider how God is calling us to be the church in this time and in this place.
 
Like the early church, we have an opportunity to think critically about our lives and about what the Spirit is inviting us into. We have a wonderful opportunity to be the church to a world that knows that it is in need. What a time to give, to pray, to fellowship in small groups, and grow in faith!
 
Reflect: How might God be calling you and your family to be the church in this time and in this place?
 
Pray: Heavenly Father, You are our ever-present help in time of need. We need You now. We need Your comfort and peace. Be with us as together, we serve our community and Christ’s Church. In Jesus’ name. Amen.