They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NASB)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: GOODNESS
The posture that the early church took is our life’s example. They didn’t run off to a place of solitude to live for Jesus (although moments of time alone with God are important in your day). They invited Jesus to be the absolute center of their current life. That is the New Covenant commitment.
To lay down your life doesn’t mean quitting school activities, never watching movies, evading everything “fun”, or escaping to a monastery. It means inviting Jesus and His Holy Spirit into all of these places you are in right now: Devoting yourself to His Word, message, people, and Presence here in the middle of your life.
Instead of getting frustrated while waiting in a long line, take the time to pray and bask in the “alone time” with your Father. When you are driving to work or carting your kids to different activities, listen to an encouraging Gospel teaching or worship music. Set up a walking prayer group at football practice to bathe your kids and coaches in prayer or just encourage each other in the Lord. Privately pray and seek ways to show love to the co-worker that nobody can stand to be around – a secret mission between you and Father God.
Your day is full of choices. The choices you make within the confines of your life right at this moment will impact you and others for Jesus. It is a continual process of devotion that is not always easy – but far from boring – and it will bring about the abundant life and purpose that you are so desperately looking for.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT)