There’s not much to add re Selwyn’s imaginary trip into that first Christian community, when he considers Acts 5, verse 12: “And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.”
Are you not saddened, when you meet someone who calls themselves a Christian but they don’t meet with fellow Christians – what a hard road they must travel?
In the further study for today – there is a beautiful section in Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
The verses in Ephesians 5:15-17,18b-21, also referenced for further study, are also useful (regarding how we should interact with each other) – starting a few verses earlier at verse 13: “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. … be filled with the Spirit, Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
I also like Selwyn’s prayer for today: “O God my Father, give me an ever growing appetite for divine truth, I pray, for I know that without it I cannot develop as a Christian. The entrance of Your Word gives light – and also life. I am deeply grateful. Amen.”
I’m encourage to pray for those who are seeking Jesus but don’t turn the pages of a bible – how do you feel about this issue?