They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
This was the description of the early church in the book of Acts. The church was an exciting place. They were growing and reaching their world with the Gospel of Christ. The secret was their devotion to Christ in a number of ways – one of which was the fellowship.
It all come down to what devotion means. The Greek word for devotion literally means “strong, steadfast, and enduring toward.” Believers would probably all agree that we need to be strong and enduring toward reading the Bible. We must continue steadfastly in prayer. What we have a problem in is the fellowship.
When it comes to meeting together with the body of Christ, many act like it is only a good idea if there is nothing better to do. Parties, sports activities, and playtime come first in the lives of many Christians. Then we wonder why the church in America seems to be very ineffective in reaching our culture.
It’s time for us to return to the values that propelled the early church forward. We must embrace the same spirit of fellowship. Be a part of what God is doing in these last days. Devote yourself to the fellowship of believers that God has called you to. Let this work in you as it did in those who first received the Gospel.