And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

Acts 2:42-44 ESV

DEVOTION – NOVEMBER 10, 2019

In 2006, I was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease. I developed a pituitary tumor which required surgical intervention and a lengthy recovery. It sounds strange, but one of the reasons I am so thankful as I reflect on this event was how it connected our family to Crossings Community Church.

We had been attending Crossings for a few years and were in Terry and Laura Feix’s Sunday school class. When class members heard about my illness, they sprang into action. Meals were provided for months, women offered to take care of our children, goodies were baked, and our home was even decorated with pumpkins and flowers for my favorite season: fall! I received phone calls from people who wanted to pray for me. The sense of community and of being with us in our struggle was boundless.

This and more is how I imagine the Acts 2 church to be. The greatness of the event of the coming of the Holy Spirit filled believers with such love that they truly treated one another as they would treat themselves. They were together. They had all things in common. As I read through Acts 2:42-44, the phrase “an awe came upon every soul” caught my attention. The Holy Spirit had been poured out upon them, and an awe–a reverential respect of the power of God–was present. It was evident to “every soul” –those who believed, and those who did not.

I experienced this awe of God’s presence as these servant-hearted people met the needs of our family. We are intended to live in this kind of community where there is give and take, support and sacrifice. We were created for it. This year, as we approach Thanksgiving, I pray we are thankful to God for a church that offers this kind of community. I pray that awe comes upon our souls as we love and serve one another.

PRAYER

Father,

Thank you for the church. Thank you for the model in Acts 2 of what the church is supposed to look like. Fill us with the Holy Spirit as we love and serve one another and conform us to the image of Jesus. May we reflect him to a broken and hurting world.

Amen.

Jennifer Bardell

Pastor of Crossings KIDS
jbardell@crossings.church

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