Devotion Day 79 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 79 – Acts 16:38 – Acts 28:16 or the end of Acts (28:31) if you prefer.

Having now finished reading through the Book of Acts I believe that a good Lenten (pre-Easter) through the Day of Pentecost (50 days after Easter) study would be reading through the Gospel of Luke and book of Acts. Both were written by the same author. Luke focuses upon the life of Christ so it would be a great Lenten study, then following it with Acts would give a good sense of what the Christians in the early days had to endure and how the Spirit guided them.

When I read about Saul/Paul it becomes obvious why God called him as a witness to the risen Lord. He had credentials/heritage that helped him witness to the Jews (he was a Pharisee), to the Romans (he was born a Roman Citizen) and Gentiles in that he had persecuted Christians but was now one of God’s chosen ones. All this helped him in many a difficult situation but also assisted him in sharing of the Good News.

Two verses from our readings.

“For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28a) It is God who created us, it is God who redeems us and it is God who makes us who we are even this day. As God called Paul for a special purpose, so God calls each of us. Be open to the Spirit guiding you this day as you live, move and be in God this very day.

Towards the end of Acts we hear Paul saying; “It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.” (Acts 28:20b) How sad it must have been to the early disciples, to Paul and to our Lord that the very people he came to save, refused to believe in him who was not only their hope but the hope of the world.

Something that stood out to me is that as Paul and others went to many different cities and proclaimed Jesus as Savior and Lord, some believed and many did not. Really no different today, some believe and many do not.

As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, may we find many ways to keep Jesus the Christ the center of our celebrations; at home and in the church.

O Lord, I give thanks for how you guided the Apostles and early Christians and for how you guide us even this day. May you guide me as I share your Good News at a graveside this day and as I prepare for our Advent worship services and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Guide me as I live, move and be in You this very day. Amen.

Next reading: Day 80 – Acts 28:17 – Romans 14:23

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