“All the believer were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Isaiah 2:3)
Certainly this is stewardship in action, but in this case, the evangelization comes to play when we open the doors of our churches, and allow the homeless, the marginal people of our communities, who are literally without means to even find the next meal to eat or to help them stay warm and safe as they must live in alley’s, under bridges, or just out in the open.
What we witness in verse 45 is beyond imagination for the culmination of events leading to the Day of Pentecost—-and most profound. Evangelism is not just one great event, it is a daily ministry for the people of God. People were selling their possessions, and putting the money towards providing food and shelter, blankets, gloves, socks and underwear, etc. They even got down to sharing their own food with others and sat down together with them to eat, what there was to eat. This, beloved, is as real as it gets.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we pray this day for all who are either short of money or bereft of any at all; we pray for those who may have clothes, but nowhere to wash and clean what they have; we pray for those who are wearing rags in the middle of winter; we pray for those who live on our streets; we pray for those who cannot express what life has thrown at them, but they are trying to survive; we pray for those who don’t even know how they ended up where they are, but most especially we pray that when we see them we reach out to them and offer them whatever we have to them in the spirit of God’s love. In whatever condition you find them in, give them the greatest gift possible, the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. In this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Everyone you meet today is on heaven’s most wanted list.”
“The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the brothers very glad.” (Acts 15:3)
Paul realized he was responsible to the churches in his missionary-evangelism. We are all responsible to the whole body of Christ in our evangelization efforts. This attitude brings joy to all, and the entire cause of Christ is thereby strengthened by our efforts.
“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (1st Timothy2:2)
As a leader, Timothy was to instruct faithful Christians, who then, in turn, could teach others also. This principle is most important in the development of an evangelistic church. To share Christ is not the duty of just one or two leaders. They are to teach others how to evangelize who will then teach others until all in the body of Christ are instructed in sharing their faith. This is how the entire world can come to hear the gospel.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)
This verse presents a fine example of effective mass evangelism. We find mass evangelism is possible when the church responds to the challenge (1:6-8), prays (1:14), received power from the Holy Spirit (2:1-4), proclaims the gospel (2:17-39), and persuades the people (2:40).
When these ingredients are present in the ministry of evangelization, great results will emerge. In short beloved, our churches limit our own efforts toward evangelizing the world around us. Let us not forget those who may have an abundance of money, clothes, homes, jobs, etc., but have never had anyone give them the gospel message of salvation.