The Honeymoon

Posted: October 21, 2019 in Meditations
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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts‬ ‭2:42-47‬ ‭NIV‬‬
My wife and I honeymooned at Lake Tahoe, a glorious mountain paradise. Towering blocks of granite peppered with pungent pine envelope a vast tub cold pure water. Hikes, tennis, and good food filled our daily routine. No stress, no demands—I relished every moment with the woman I loved. In a few short days, we drove out of idyllic mountains to our new home. We now faced stress, limited assets, new demands and our own foibles. Welcome to life, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
If Acts 2 was the only account of the early church, how frustrated would we be? Too good to be true, right? Selfless fellowship, hanging out with the men who lived with the Christ, people joining the cause every day—the ultimate honeymoon!
The early church soon woke up to a new reality, the church at war with sin in an evil age. Peter and John get jailed in Act 4. Acts 6, factions surface in the church. Stephen becomes the first martyr in Acts 7. By Acts 8, the church scatters under persecution. The Council at Jerusalem , Acts 15, reaches a compromise to avert a split in the church.  How quickly we discover a fundamental truth, the kingdom consists of flawed saints in an evil age.
So what do we do? We commit ourselves each waking moment to our senior partner, the Holy Spirit. He is our first taste of heaven. He is the reason we can confess, “All things are possible, only believe.” He is the reason we can sing defiantly, “Run to the battle.” King David said, “The  Lord is my light and salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1. Real life is no honeymoon. Life can be violent; it will assault you. But fear not. Be bold! In the end, Christ is all that matters.

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