Some Thoughts on Acts 2
by Jonathan Bailey
46 “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart…”
I love the phrase “Day by day.” We usually fly right past that phrase and get right to eating from house to house. We even model our church classes and groups along these lines of meeting and eating in houses, but i wonder if we consider the enormous importance of the that phrase, “Day by day.”
They were living their faith; they were practicing it everyday. That little phrase is incredibly important. What it tells us is, this is not just a one day a week ‘thing.’ This is a “Day by day,” or day in and day out ‘thing.’
Is our faith day by day?
47 “praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The key phrase i want to highlight is “being saved.” Why do we look at salvation as something that has happened to us in the past? We always see it as past tense. We even use it in our language to discuss the past. “How old were you when you got saved?” “Do you remember where you were when you were saved?” i love this text and there are many others like it (1 Corinthians 18) because they suggest that salvation is not something that happened to us, but something that is happening in us. “Amen church?”
i’ll never forget the day i picked up Dallas Willard’s book, “The Spirit of the Disciplines” and read one of the first sentences of the second chapter, “Salvation is a life.” Bam, right in your face. It really sets you back and gets you thinking. i haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Salvation is a life process of repentance and trust, that works itself out practically by growing in the character of Jesus as we shed off the skin of the ‘old man.’
Repentance is what we need! God help us!
Seek the Kingdom,