Google+ 01/20/14 Do We Have the Joy of the Lord?

Acts 2:45-47

 

They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper,

And shared their meals with great joy and generosity—

All the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.

And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

 

In part one of our six-part devotion series entitled, " Acts of Joy For Jesus!" we turn to Luke as he relates the joy of God's people.  As Christians, we should possess the joy of the Lord at all times.  What we fail to realize is how simple it really is, as opposed to how complicated we often make it.  The book of Acts tells us exactly how God's people can find the joy of the Lord.  The problem is, most Christians and churches simply don't do it!  Notice that our first verse of Scripture today says that the people of God sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.  Money can be a huge blessing or a terrible curse.  When we "steal" from God by believing that what we have belongs to us, money becomes a curse.  How do we fix this huge problem?  We just simply need to give what we don't need to others who need it!  This is not a popular concept among American Christians.  Nevertheless, it is commanded by God.  After freeing ourselves from the burden of unnecessary things, Luke tells us that the first church of Acts fellowshipped in the Temple daily.  What was the purpose of these meals and daily fellowship?  It was to share the joy they had in the Lord with each other, generously, while they praised God and enjoyed the goodwill of all people.  How many of us actually do this?  Our church has a free meal in the "Temple" every day.  While we have a congregation of about 80 people when everyone shows up, only about 12 make it a regular practice to fellowship daily.  I must testify that all that participate are growing in the joy of the Lord.  Notice what our Scripture says happens when we do this.  God adds to His church daily in our midst.  As we explore joyful happiness this week, we must ask each other the tough questions.  The first of these tough questions is the central point of our devotion series.  "Do We Have the Joy of the Lord?"