Everyone gives their all to something or someone. Jesus wants all.
Let’s look real quick at what that looked like for the early church and 5 distinct truths we can apply to our lives:
Truth #1 – Jesus Wants All Of Our Awe
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” -Acts 2:42-43
The word “all” appears five times in this passage. We’re told here that awe came upon “every” soul. The word here for “every” can also be translated “all” as its the same root word “pas” which appears in the following verse. We’re told they “devoted” themselves to Jesus and his church. Every human heart is devoted to something or someone. Their devotion lead to “awe” coming upon everyone. The word here for “awe” means fear. When we think fear we think horror movies, but the fear here is a devotion that leads to obedience because of respect or reverence for authority.
Truth #2 – Jesus Wants All To Be Together
“And all who believed were together…” -Acts 2:44a
Our awe should lead us to come together. In the previous verse we’re told they devoted themselves to “the fellowship” which is a Greek word “koinonia” meaning “participating” and “sharing” with one another. God’s heart is for us to do this by participating in the local church. Do you have a church? It is a pivotal part of following Christ. If you don’t have a church family, we’d love to find you one where you live. Connect with us by using the Contact link on this website.
Truth #3 – Jesus Wants All To Be United
“…and had all things in common.” -Acts 2:44b
It’s one thing to be together; it’s another to be united. Unity means having the same heart, soul, direction, and purpose. We are stronger together than we are apart. We must fight to come together and we must fight to get along. Unity is destroyed by pride. Humility crushes pride. As we aim to not think to highly of ourselves and keep Jesus in first place in our lives, we long for unity with one another to show the world how great Jesus is.
Truth #4 – Jesus Wants All To Give
“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” -Acts 2:45
They willingly sold what they didn’t need to help their community. This desire to serve our neighbor and those we love extends throughout all of humanity. But Jesus’ church should lead the way. Possessions can quickly become idols that we worship. We are given possessions by God to bless Him and others. As we meet the physical needs of our community, it opens the door wide for the good news of Jesus to infiltrate hearts.
Truth #5 – Jesus Wants All To Follow Him
“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
Matt Chandler once said, “for good news to be good it must invade bad places.” We believe Jesus saving us from sin (wrongings against God which result in wrath and punishment) is good news. We’re told this first church was overcome by great awe of who God was and the Holy Spirit led them to come together in unity to give to one another and their community resulting in them finding favor with all people. In this time people began following Jesus daily and this is a great narrative that continues to this very day.
Jesus wants all. Anything less than everything is nothing. Give all to Jesus today. Cry out to him. Ask him for forgiveness for living without him. Commit your life to him. Find a local church. Devote yourself to following him daily.
- written by: Dean Ross, Pastor of Vision & Teaching for Restoration Church
- quotation from Matt Chandler of The Village Church taken from sermon series “Recovering Redemption”
- scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyright 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
- For more on basic beliefs and what it means to follow Jesus daily visit http://restorationgathering.com/about/basic-beliefs/