Acts 28:23-24 “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.”
The title may have caught many of you; “There is no chapter 29 in the Book of Acts?”
Allow me to put forth a thought for today.
What could be written about our time, our church, our work for Christ, and our impact on the world today?
I am often convicted of these things when looking back on a passing year and one newly entering.
What have I done to further the kingdom?
Have I been obedient to the commands I’m given?
Have I mentored or discipled one to grow more in this past year?
Have I used my gifts and talents more this year?
These are but a few of the convicting questions to ask in retrospect and also to set a plan for the new year. One might ask, “Why be so detailed in your evaluation?” The answer is straightforward; my Heavenly Father expects fruit from me.
John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
Every person needs to have a purpose in life. Without it, we wander aimlessly and unfulfilled. God has planned that life for us.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
My Heavenly Father has already seen today and me in it. He has seen what I accomplish and what I do not. God has already seen my failures and my successes. Because He is not bound by time as we are, He can see the beginning from the end and everything in between.
It may be that our words need to be chosen more carefully.
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Inviting God to choose the path for us and the steps we need to take.
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
Asking God to help keep our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
We can write our own Acts 29 by taking the steps God designed for me to consider today. They have already been foreordained, and all we need to do is listen and obey. Some may ask, “What if it’s not what I want to do?”
We can ask that God change the desires of our hearts to align with His.
Psalm 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
The transformation of a life can only happen to a yielded, submissive soul. Our Heavenly Father wants us to choose Him and His way for us.
As you begin this week, invite God to reveal His plan for your life and see what exciting things He has in store!