So I’ve been reading Acts, and I have become amazed with all the signs and miracles that were happening. The lame began to walk, people were being saved and baptized all the time. The church took a running start. It was awake. But of course, while the church was growing, it was persecuted. The pharisees hated what the apostles and the disciples were doing. Steven was stoned. Many others were arrested. The church had to flee because it was getting so bad! But they didn’t stop preaching and spreading the gospel. Acts says “Now those who scattered went about preaching the word.”
The church did not stop preaching during persecution. In fact they rejoiced in it. It says “Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” Philip saving people and baptizing them. Once he baptized the Eunuch and then he got teleported and went 20 miles away! How cool is that!
But while I was reading Acts I kept thinking to myself, “How come we don’t see all those signs and miracles like we used to?” and I came up with a couple “theories” for it. The first reason is that we are to busy. We are so busy that families don’t eat dinner together, that we barely read the bible anymore. Busy is an acronym. It stands for “Bound Under Satan’s Yoke.” Are we to busy for the Holy Spirit. The apostles were overflowing with the Holy Spirit. If you read any of Acts you can see that. They weren’t busy.
Another reason is because we lost our first love. We lost the love that the apostles had. Have we lost our first love for Christ? The apostles loved Christ with all their hearts, minds and souls. Revelations says that the Church of Ephesus lost their first love. It also warns them to “remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from it’s place.” If we lost our first love, then how can we do any signs?
The last possibility is that we are worried about offending people and being persecuted. We don’t want to offend people we just want our churches to grow. We don’t want to speak out, other wise we’ll get persecuted. Seriously? We should be ready to be persecuted. We should be like the apostles and rejoice in our persecution. The bible says “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Deny means giving up on being self conscience and being selfish. The early church denied themselves, they were willing to loose their lives for Jesus.
Whether we are to busy, lost our first love, or being to passive, we are still a sleeping giant.