Act Now

Taking Action

One of my favorite classes, when I was studying for the ministry, was  of the . It was a class all about the book of . I thoroughly enjoyed it. As I started the class, many commentaries I was using and the author of the textbook all had the same opinion. The title of the book of should have been  of the . The book of is an amazing book. It is chronicles of the 1st-century church. We read how Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father and sent the to empower us and equip us for day to day ministry, that is service.

We read great passages like Acts 2:14-39 where , once a fisherman and now an apostle and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, stood up in front of a crowd and explained what the crowd had just experienced and shared the truth about Jesus and His ministry so plainly and succinctly that many people were saved that day. I believe this is the best sermon ever preached, other than Jesus’s teachings of course. was a simple man and had been filled with the , and he acted. He stood up and spoke out.

We read in Acts 3:1-10 how and reached out and brought a healing touch to a lame man outside the temple courts. The man was doing what he always did, sit outside the gates to the temple and beg. and didn’t have money, but they gave what they did have freely, a healing touch by the power of the . They didn’t ignore the man. They didn’t say, “Sorry sir, we don’t have any money, but we’ll say a prayer for you inside.” They reached down and took him by the hand and let the do what He does. They acted! They stood out from the norm. They stayed away from the status quo.

Then there is . He was locked up in an inner cell in a prison with in Acts 16:16-40. They had freed a girl from the demons that possessed her and they were arrested and thrown in prison. Did that stop them? No. We read how they were singing hymns while being shackled to the wall. They were praising God even though they were chained to a wall! What does the do? Earthquake. Prison doors all open, but everyone stays instead of escaping. This allows to share the gospel with the jailer and many people get saved that day. and were faced with an impossible situation. What did they do? They acted! They stood up. They allowed the to work through them.

These are just a few stories from , the chronicles of the and the early church. Every chapter of is filled with amazing miracles and actions by disciples, or followers, of Jesus Christ with the power of the . The book of is only 28 chapters long and it covers quite a bit of time. If you ever get a chance to read the New Testament chronologically, I highly recommend it. It will open the scripture to you from a new and fresh perspective.

But what about now? What’s the church doing today? You see, the book of was completed by Luke and is part of our Bible, but that doesn’t mean the church stopped doing anything. As a matter of fact, the church continues to thrive around the world. The church is growing in places we never expected it to. We are still writing the chronicles of the church of Jesus Christ. We are still celebrating the power and equipping of the in our lives and the lives of every follower of Jesus Christ around the world.

What do your chronicles look like? How is the working in and through you? How are you standing up and speaking out? How are you ministering, that is serving, people around you? Act now! Our time is falling short.

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