And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
We don’t have to look far to be amazed at the power and wisdom of God. Sometimes the only reason why we aren’t in surrendered awe of our creator is because we aren’t looking carefully enough at the world He created or how He has worked in our own lives. When we examine the natural world around us, carefully using the same scientific approach that the secular world cherishes, it doesn’t take long for us to marvel at the complexity and specificity of the creation. This reality alone should put us in a position of awe. The very fact that we are here (in all our complexity and interdependency) is truly miraculous. But sometimes our failure to be in awe of our creator isn’t a matter of ignorance on our part; it’s a matter of willful and prideful denial. Sometimes we simply don’t want to admit that there might be something bigger than us. Sometimes we suppress the truth of God’s power and work in our lives because we simply don’t want Him to exist:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
In addition to this, we often take for granted the supernatural way that God has already guided and provided for us. It’s easy to forget those events in our lives that once confirmed God’s power so clearly. It’s easy to develop a faith that requires some emotional experience to be repeated over and over again so we can have confidence that God is real. All the while, God has given us evidence of his power that we often take for granted. The earliest believers were fortunate enough to have the apostles in their midst, showing them wonders and signs to remind them of God’s incredible power. The Greek word used for ‘wonders’ (terata) is used to describe those things that are clearly impossible to explain through naturalistic mechanisms. Some things can only be understood and explained if we can accept (the possibility, at least) that the supernatural does exist. The Greek word used for ‘signs’ (seemeia) describes the meaning that we should infer from the impossible. When we encounter something that cannot be explained naturally, we should accept the fact that we may be looking at a piece of evidence for the existence of God. The miraculous wonders we see all around us everyday are signs that God does existence and is working powerfully in our world.
I want to look closely at our environment and at the biological diversity around us every time we meet as Christians. I believe that we will see evidence of the supernatural. I want to be in awe of God’s power as a result of this close examination. I want to examine God’s work in my own life as we serve together. We need to record our adventures of service and revisit the many ways that God has worked through us. We need to share the stories of how God continues to use fallen and fragile humans such as ourselves to advance the cause of his Kingdom, and I think we'll be in awe as we see His ability to transform lives. I think we need to be careful to remember who He is and what he has done, and as a result we will share the awe and respect felt by the earliest of believers.
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