Compelled by Love

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47).

The great picture from the Book of Acts see an alive church on fire for God, eager to get the good word out. As we read through its pages, we do not get the idea people were forced to witness or reach out. The glories of their new life in Christ, and the message of His victory over death compelled them to scatter across many nations to share God’s love. Much later the tide would turn in some quarters, such as Ephesus:

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4).

At one time, Ephesus witnessed a great move of God in their midst, but had since grown cold and indifferent. Jesus commended their doctrine and upright lives, but warned them that their once warm love had grown dangerously cold. They went through the motions and said many right things. But God’s love had little impact on their hearts. They needed this wake-up call from Jesus, and we need it today.

What is our impulse for serving? Guilt? Habit? We all need to see the bigger picture. God is at work and keeps adding to His church. Do we want to be part of this? What a glorious part we can have in making disciples. We should serve God regardless of how we feel, but we equally need to ask God to fill us with His love so that our actions follow our heart. We don’t want to live as though a dead weight was tied to our feet. When we capture something of God’s love for others, we will move forward and do our part in reaching out. May God use His people to bless the world, our nation, and those around us.

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