Acts 1, 12-14
Something to read
Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.
When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
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Something to think about
Nothing just happens in our world. Someone does it. Whether it’s a bad thing or a good thing, someone was instrumental in making it happen, someone with a name – sometimes recorded for posterity.
Here is the beginning of the Christian movement that has changed the world out of all recognition. And here are the ‘starter people’ – the key disciples named, and the women at least mentioned (in a culture in which they hardly mattered).
In our complex world it is easy to believe that my actions won’t make a difference. But none of these 11 thought a few years earlier that their names would be recorded for posterity, and re-read by millions over 2000 years later.
Every significant thing done for God and his kingdom starts with a few particular people. People with names and addresses. People like us. And if people like us pass up the opportunity, it just won’t happen.
Something to do
Who are the Christian ‘movers and shakers’ in your locality – people who are likely to do something that will make a difference in our world. Get them together to pray. Make a note of who is there.
Something to pray
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you trusted your followers, knowing who they were with all their weaknesses and limitations. I am one of your named disciples too. Forgive me for my passive and anonymous Christian living. And help me to be responsible for my Christian witness and action, trusting your Spirit to make it fruitful for your Kingdom.
Today’s contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.