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“And the Lord Added”

“And they devoted themselves … And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” Acts 2:42-47.  “God provides the increase,” we throw out to explain away that our numbers are shrinking. Or, “No one is really interested in the gospel anymore”—as if God is to blame or the distractions in the culture are really more powerful than the message of salvation!  Is the pagan world of the 1st century really any worse than that of the 21st century?  Their message and mission is ours today.  Their history is ours as we continue to live it out for future generations to understand.  So what’s the difference?  We have disassociated Christian living from God’s results.  In our minds we have separated Sunday from what we do in word or deed Monday through Saturday.  United in their message and mission and believing in prayer and God’s power, the earliest Christians devoted themselves to God’s Word, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer … and then the Lord added to their number day by day.  Most of us are strongly committed to restoring New Testament Christianity by doing Bible things in Bible ways.  Are we as devoted to devoting ourselves to what’s important?