And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
It must have been so amazing to be a part of the infant church. God was working in powerful ways all around them. The Holy Spirit was alive in a fervent way in the heart of each believer. People were excited about their faith. People were sacrificing for others. Everyone was serving God with joy in the face of persecution. And multitudes were coming to know Jesus as Savior. Everything was working like a well-oiled machine, each cog in its place, with enough energy to propel it forward more and more.
That doesn’t have to be something that’s limited to those early Christians in the very first church. That’s something that can be a reality in our lives today. We started off strong in our walk with the Lord. We’ve had some amazing experiences and witnessed God do many wonderful things. We’ve accepted Christ and so received His Spirit. But beyond those moments is a daily continuance of living out our faith, growing in the Lord, honoring God, worshiping, fellowshipping, and then seeing others come to know Him, as well. One day at a time adds up to a life lived for God.
What made everything work out so well back then was that Jesus Christ was at the center. He was what everything else in their lives revolved around. They were basing every part of their lives, down to the smallest thing, on the work of Christ and His call upon their lives. And if we want a vibrant and alive Christian life today, we have to do the same thing. There is no substitute for Christ. There is nothing else we can build our lives around that will give us that kind of fulfillment. There is nothing else our churches can build around that will bring that kind of unity and fruitfulness.
So let us build our lives around that one simple truth that the church was founded on—Jesus came and died for our sins and then rose again in victory. What an amazing thing, but do we still get excited about that? Is that enough to stir our hearts into service and obedience and joyfully living out a walk with the Lord before a watching world? We won’t have those spectacular moments all the time, but our walk with God is day by day, in the mundane and the ordinary. But it allows us to build up a firm foundation and a life that matters for Christ.