“they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul…”
Passion for Christ formed the priorities of the first church which resulted in God’s presence and power overflowing in and through them. People were saved daily, being drawn to the fire of God like moths to the flame. They humbled themselves before the fear of God. All they were and had were offered for God to give as He directed rather for them to keep as their own.
The church today stands at a crossroads of decision as to whom and what we will be. Will we passionately seek after and operate in the presence and power of God or will we run after second things that look good but, in reality, derail our direction and deplete our energy? First things whisper, second things scream. Modern thinking runs towards pragmatism, getting things done, rather than principle, living out of Christ alone. The common thought of our culture is that getting second things done will make time for the first things. But, second things are never done; they actually create more issues that become third and fourth things, and on and on ad infinitum. Instead of seeking after God alone allowing Him to consume us with Spirit and truth, we have sought to consume Him, craving His resources rather than intimate relationship. And true to His nature, He has refused to be used, allowing our desires and demands to go unsatisfied revealing the depth of our emptiness.
Fasting is a discipline that the Spirit uses to help us keep our focus on first things. In fasting, God invites us to know Him with greater intimacy, going as deep with Him as we will respond to His ever beckoning invitation. Fasting helps us to remember that we are not seeking after something He gives us for life, but that we are on an ever deepening journey with Him who is Life.
Please read Acts 2:42-47. What will characterize a church that is walking by first things?