READ ACTS 2:41–47
Is your church marked by joyfulness? The life of the Early Church, as described in Acts, sounds more like a party than a duty. More like a family than an organization. More like a celebration than a commandment. The early believers learned, worshipped, ate, and prayed together, all the while rejoicing at the amazing things God was doing in their midst.
But they didn’t keep their joy to themselves. They sold their belongings so they could bless others. As a result, their joy continued to thrive in this exciting atmosphere of an entire community living aligned with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The early believers’ joy was contagious, and the result was favor with those around them.
Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47).
People were attracted to the gospel because of the early believers’ vibrant, practical joy. True Christianity, lived out through the community and beyond the walls of the church, is lovely and will attract unbelievers.
Challenge for Today: Share your joy by blessing someone else today
Quicklook: Acts 2:45–47