With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.
There's two interesting things going on in this passage from the book of Acts, the gospel message of Jesus was faithfully and powerfully being proclaimed and God's grace was at work in all the people.
These two things together make a powerful witness to Jesus. We can be charitable, speak kindly about and to others, get involved in the community and serve people in all sorts of ways, but without the gospel message of Jesus, we are just a bunch of 'nice', community minded people. Conversely, we can talk about the gospel message of Jesus, but if those we are talking to do not see how that makes any difference in our lives, then it's often not a very compelling message in today's world.
It is when the people of God together, in community, get busy sharing Jesus in both word and deed, that their witness to Jesus becomes powerful and effective. If you are part of the community of believers, you have a role to play!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to remember that I am an integral part of my church and how I live my life as one of your disciples, affects the mission of our entire church community. Give me strength and courage to get involved with the gifts and talents that you have given me. Amen
Today's devotion written by Mathew von Stanke, LifeWay Newcastle