Devoted Disciples Make Disciples
"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved." Acts 2:42, 44-47
The word devotion is defined as: love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. If I asked you what you are devoted to, based on the mentioned definition, what would you say. I know what the church answer is, but is that answer the truth. If it is, praise the LORD! Keep it up! As a Jesus follower, lf your heart is devoted to an activity, another cause, or someone else besides Jesus, then there is some work to be done. A heart change has to occur, and it only happens when we imitate the early church. As we read, they devoted (were loyal and enthusiastic) themselves to the Bible (apostles' teaching), intentionally hanging out often with other believers (church, AE, youth meetings, CORE, Friday morning prayer, retreats, mission trips, summer camp - get the hint...), enjoying each other (being friends, and hanging out regularly), and being kind to each other. Notice, how they were treating other Christians. Jesus would love to see teenagers, put aside their school group associations, and whenever they see their brothers and sisters in the LORD, to actually acknowledge their existence. And this always goes both ways! Notice the results of living devoted to Jesus and each other. It says, "And each day the LORD added to their fellowship those who were being saved." We learn from the early church, that when we prioritize Jesus through love and loyalty (obedience), and truly love each other (acknowledge), a saving power is released from the LORD, and we will see many teenagers come to Christ. This saving power can never be released when we are devoted to other pursuits and passions. Devote yourself to Jesus and His people, and watch God answer your prayers to see your lost friends added to the Family of God!