Wednesday, May 31 – Acts 14:23

May 30, 2023

When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

 

That a Christian can follow Jesus and not love the church is a foreign idea in the New Testament. The bulk of the books in the New Testament itself shouldn’t be read in isolation but read, interpreted, and obeyed within the community of faith. It was this community of faith, rather than isolated individuals, that God had in mind when He saved us.

 

Paul and Barnabas, for example, understood they had been set apart, but being set apart didn’t mean they would separate themselves from other believers. Here and throughout the New Testament, we see the opposite. The two men began their mission by leaving a group of fellow believers they loved (see Acts 13). Still, Paul and Barnabas never shied away from new relationships to guard themselves against future relational sadness. Instead, they came alongside new believers and lived life with them.

 

As they did, God appointed others to carry on the work of discipleship as new communities of faith ministered in their cities. The church multiplied and reached more people. New believers shared the richness of fellowship that only comes when people seek Jesus together. And so can we. The relationships we have with fellow Christians are unlike any others that we experience because they will continue beyond this world.

  • How do you see the rich fellowship with other believers displayed in this verse?
  • What are some practices you can engage in to experience the fellowship of discipleship more fully among believers?
  • Thank God for the great joy and privilege of being part of His church. Ask Him to help you engage in those relationships more fully, entrusting them to Him.

 

 

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