Pastor’s Pen: Devoted to …

“I’m a TV addict.” I’ve made that claim many times. Ever since I was a kid I would come home and sit in front of the television to watch whatever afternoon shows were on. I would get up in the morning to watch cartoons before school and on Saturday mornings. If you gave me any time of day I could tell you exactly what show I would be watching.

When I went to college, much of that was gone for while. There wasn’t TV in my room. That was probably a good thing because it gave me all that extra time to study. But running life around television shows didn’t end. Even now I catch myself coming home and flipping on the TV. Whether watching it or not, it’s on. “I’m a TV addict. That’s how it’s always been.” That may be how it’s always been, but that’s not the way it has to be.

The book of Acts tells the account of the beginning of the church. In Acts 2:42, we read this, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Did you notice what was most important to them? It was the apostle’s teaching and fellowship. In the passage, fellowship is defined by the breaking of bread and prayer together. Breaking of bread is probably communion and a dinner in the homes where they met. These are the things that they valued. Despite all they could be doing, they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to the fellowship.

I recently read of pastor who met with Christians in Asia. He talked of how they came from miles away. Most were farmers who voluntarily left their fields for two weeks so they could study the Bible 10 hours a day!* What was most important to them? Did they trust God to care for their fields? I think the answers are obvious.

The answers are just as obvious in your life and mine.

As you look at your life, what is most important to you?

Do you trust God care for things while you spend time with Him?

* From Radical by David Platt