Devotional on the Book of Acts
Learn how to unpack a Bible passage with just three questions.
Written by Jemina Grant
Acts is an exciting book. It marks the birth of the Christian church, as believers continue the work that Jesus began. Whilst reading books of the Bible it’s great to keep in mind the three following questions.
What does it say about God?
- God had a clear plan from the start. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his apostles that the Holy Spirit would come upon them and give them power to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.
- Throughout Acts we see God’s will coming to pass. As the apostles are prayerful and obedient, the good news spreads and people are converted as God intended.
- We see again and again in Acts that if God is for us nothing can stop us and if he has a plan, it will prevail. When the apostles are imprisoned, they miraculously escape, multiple attempts to kill them fail and despite being brought before the high council many times, they cannot be silenced. As one member of the high council Gamaliel said about the apostles:
‘My advice is, leave these men alone. If they are teaching and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God’. Acts 5:38-39
Gamaliel was right. It is clear in Acts that the explosion of Christianity was because of the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. We are assured that Jesus did indeed come to earth, did rise from the dead and then equipped his followers with the power of the Holy Spirit to share this amazing good news. No man or power could stop this plan from coming to pass.
What does it say about people?
The book of Acts makes it clear that anyone can be used by God despite their past and no matter how great their sin. Saul was a murderer, largely responsible for the persecution of many Christians but as soon as he had an encounter with God he changed. He surrendered himself to God and devoted his life to sharing the good news! God doesn’t see people the way that we see them with our human eyes. Nobody is too far from him that their lives cannot be turned around. Saul was one of the least likely people to become an apostle but that’s exactly what happened and he became a great evangelist.
How can we apply it to our lives?
- Read the book of Acts if you haven’t already and be inspired by the faith, courage and obedience of Paul and the apostles. Remember that the same power of God that was with them is with us today.
- Let’s be open to what God wants us to do, for when God has a plan, it will come to pass; we just need to be prayerful and obedient.
- Let’s be as excited about the gospel message as they were and so convinced of it that we don’t care what others think. Pray for boldness, courage and excitement. God will not deny a genuine cry for these things.
- Let’s be a generation of people who take the plunge, dive in and take up our crosses like Jesus told us to.
God I thank you for your divine plan to save humanity, for sending your son to die for me so that I could be free. Thank you for the amazing stories in Acts which show how you used the apostles to spread your amazing news. Thank you that I know this news today. Give me more excitement and passion for you and the gospel so that I may talk to anyone about it with boldness and with confidence.