Friday, January 26, 2007

Simplicity of Heart

"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people." Acts 2:46

As the news about Jesus' resurrection and way of salvation spreads, the church grows. The people, hearing the words that the disciples have to say, receive it and their lives consequently change. In Acts 2, those who make such a commitment are consistently partaking in fellowship with other believers at the temple and at home, and as a result of their dedicated lives, their hearts are described as being in the state of "simplicity".

It seems as if their priorities are uniquely fixated on one goal, one will, and "one accord". These new believers are not struggling with the complications of life; they are not attempting to sort out the confusion of the world; they are not dealing with the chaos of the time. They simply focus their lives on sweet fellowship, pure worship of God, and their lives, subsequently, touch others, "having favor with all the people," which implies even non-believers.

People are always searching for happiness, trying to attain some sort of peace in this life; however, everything aside from God seems to cause more complications. Whether it is a better education, a better job, a better reputation, a better appearance, all seem to entail more than what it initially appears. If our hope, however, is placed in the same One in which the early church believed, then our hearts will likewise be in the state of "simplicity". There should be no reason to fear, worry, or be anxious, because God is in control. The early church understood this concept, and thus, their hearts contained simple faith, simple faith in God.

Dear God,

Please help me to live in one solid accord with You. I want to live my life in simplicity of heart. I don’t want to be plagued by worries of this world. Help me to stay in fellowship and continually praise You daily.

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