Friday, January 11
When we look out into our world it can be easy to assume that things have gotten really bad and make us long for the simpler times of days gone by. This passage reminds us that people have always been hurting, sick, and in need of a healing touch. The role of the church is to not only “see,” these people, but to, by God’s power, help.
Scripture: Acts 5:12-16
12 Many signs and wonders were being done among the people through the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared to join them, but the people spoke well of them. 14 Believers were added to the Lord in increasing numbers—multitudes of both men and women. 15 As a result, they would carry the sick out into the streets and lay them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 In addition, a multitude came together from the towns surrounding Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
The people spoke well of them; translation - the early church had a reputation. And that reputation was one that because of the gift of the Holy Spirit, miracles were being done. The sick, the unclean, the downcast and troubled were all the “wrong,” kind of people that were drawn to the early church. So certain were these people of the church’s reputation that they came in multitudes. We have the same power, we serve the same God. Do we have the same reputation? What do the people that are turned away and rejected by our culture think about us, the church?
God, you are a healer. And you ask us and grant us the power to be interments of healing in the lives of those who are hurting and sick. Give us the eyes to see those who need an encounter with the same God who rescued us from the sickness of sin and grant us the Spirit’s power to respond in a way that changes people’s lives.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.