Once we begin to understand God's Kingdom we can live it out, and Acts 2 v 42-47 is a really helpful passage to see the day to day of living God's Kingdom first.
Prior to this passage Pentecost has just occurred and Peter has explained that people need to be saved. 3000 people joined the church that day, that's huge! What a high that must have been, but what happens next? Ever had that feeling? On fire for God but don't really know where to go with it, this passage teaches us how to live God first in the every day.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who 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."
The believers are rooted in four key principles every day these are:
devoted to the apostles teaching
To see God's awe filling miracles, we must devote ourselves to this every single day. Every day. Committed to God, quick check in; how is that going for you? Are you communing with God every day? Are you sharing with other believers every day?
Let us break it down and apply these principles one at a time.
Devoted themselves to the apostles teaching.
The word devoted is a wholehearted, all-in response; they loved hearing about what Jesus had taught, the Law, the Exodus, the Prophets. Daily bible readings are so important, each day we should be devoted to God's word, in our own quite times, family quiet times, bible reading with friends, home groups, ladies groups, men's groups. Any time we can absorb more of God's word, we should take the chance, throw yourself in feet first and revel in every word.
I am aware that as I write this, we are in a global pandemic and this element will not take it's usual form. However, there are many other ways we can enjoy fellowship with one and other, here's a few of my ideas that my husband and I are having a go at;
Zoom dinners; get a friend or two online and have dinner together
Park walks/ brews; Socially distanced park walks are great, or as we saw in our local park, three ladies had brought camping chairs and a thermos each and were having a socially distanced park brew.
Zoom board games; there are lots of online board games you can play with zoom in the background
Socially distanced BBQ; depending where you live you could have a BBQ together with other friends and families
Zoom prayer meetings
Please ensure that you stick to the government guidelines within these activities and ensure that health and well-being are the top priority. (Other video conference sites are available!)
Again, being in the middle of a pandemic makes this difficult, but have a think about someone you could invite for a picnic in the park who is alone or you haven't spoken to recently. Eating together is such a joy and helps us connect on another level, ensure that there is always room at your table for somebody new.
Absolutely key to your walk with God, continuous prayer both alone and in fellowship with other brothers and sisters. I recently wrote a blog post about prayer so head over there for more praying tips!
To live out God's Kingdom in the everyday, these are the core principles, challenge yourself to expand what you are doing, to include people outside of your normal friendship group. Include people who aren't yet Christians because in this passage we see that this way of life becomes so attractive to the unbeliever and each day God added to their number.
Kingdom living is outward looking. Devote yourself to God's teaching, fellowship, eating together and prayer.