Devotion based upon Acts 2
This chapter in Acts is just so amazing. Consider what must be happening with the Apostles. They were told by Jesus to “wait for the gift my Father promised.” “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” What were they expecting? I’m pretty sure that they were not expecting to have “tongues of fire … rest on their heads.” And that then they would all be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in a language that they did not know but that some in the audience knew!

The first thing that the Holy Spirit does when he fills the Apostles is to have them speak of the wonders of God in a way that thousands want to know more. Those in the crowd may have heard rumors about this Jesus who was crucified and then rose from the dead but now here are men that were with him. The Holy Spirit gave Peter, a fisherman, the ability to fluently speak convincing truth to all those assembled, using scripture to defend his statements about Jesus as the Messiah and Savior.

What did the Holy Spirit tell them to do through Peter? The same thing that the Holy Spirit is telling us today. “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Then those newly saved devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to breaking of bread and to prayer. “And the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved.”

This one chapter gives the basics of how to become of Christian and live the Christian life. In many ways it is not complicated. Consider today where you are in your Christian walk. If you haven’t asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, do so today. If you need guidance, ask for the Holy Spirit to dwell in you and to lead you daily. Come to church every Sunday to praise God for his goodness in your life and listen to the teaching. Spend time with other believers to strengthen your faith. Pray! Then invite others to come on the journey with you.

Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us clear roadmaps to life with you. Help us to walk in this path and not to be drawn away by the enticements of this world. We want to always be walking close to you and telling others of your goodness.

Author: Brad Dunn