Morning Devotional

NOT A DESTINATION, BUT A BEGINNING

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

[Acts 2:42]

Perhaps you thought you had “arrived” when you became a Christian. And in a sense, you had!

You arrived at the starting line of a race—a race that requires devotion, as the first converts to Christianity learned (Acts 2:42).

A. W. Tozer echoes this theme in his insightful look at conversion—an event which the Bible portrays more as a place to start than to finish.

WALK WITH A. W. TOZER

“Conversion for the early Christians was not a destination; it was the beginning of a journey.

“And right there is often where the Biblical emphasis differs from our own.

“In our eagerness to make converts, we allow our hearers to absorb the idea that they can deal with their entire responsibility once and for all by an act of believing.

“In the Book of Acts, faith was for each believer a beginning, not a bed in which to lie while waiting for the Lord’s triumph.

“Believing was not a once-done act. It was an attitude of heart and mind which inspired and enabled the believer to follow the Lord wherever he went.”

WALK CLOSER TO GOD

Whether in the first century or the twenty-first, the hope of heaven comes the same way—through believing faith in the Savior.

That’s step one in the lifelong adventure of walking with God. But one step does not make a journey. Indeed, there are many steps to follow.

Instruction in the Word, fellowship with other believers, communication with the Father (see Acts 2:42)—each represents a step in the right direction.

And in the process of learning to walk, you’ll discover that following the Lord is the only race in which you grow stronger with each step you take.

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