A Sense of Awe ( by Carley Evans )

After the day of Pentecost, the newly baptized Christians — some 3 thousand men and presumably their wives and children — “meet constantly to hear the apostles teach, and to share the common life, to break bread, and to pray. A sense of awe is everywhere.” (Acts 2:42-43,NEB) This awe is “an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful.”

“With one mind,” these early Christians “share their meals with unaffected joy, as they praise God and enjoy the favour of the whole people.” (Acts 2:46-47)

“A sense of awe is everywhere.” This awe explains their actions — their willingness to sell personal property to distribute funds for the needs of others; their joy and praise in their attendance at temple; their ability to be of one mind, and their obtaining of the favour of all people.

“And day by day the Lord adds to their number those whom He is saving.” (Acts 2:47)

Father God, the awe of the early Christians inspires. Help me to discover worship — true religion which calls for me to defend those who need my help — widows and orphans; to be exact — those who are abandoned, alone, helpless. Give me Jesus’ heart for the world. In His Name, amen.

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6 thoughts on “A Sense of Awe ( by Carley Evans )

  1. mtsweat says:

    I’m afraid we are probably lacking the awe and the mindset of these believers Luke wrote of Carley. The evidences of their awe doesn’t seem quite as visible today (understatement). We seem to be able to read passages like this one and Matthew 25, and walk away as though God somehow expects less from us. Unfortunately, verses such as “to whom much is given…” will one day have to be answered for. I shudder at what the church in this nation could have accomplished with all God has given… but we’ve squandered a mass of opportunities on self-interests (me included). May God’s long-suffering be filled with mercy and grace. God bless.

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