As we head through May, I am sure our thoughts cast back to the truly glorious Easter period; glorious because of the amazing feat that took place with Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, dying on the cross and resurrecting (cf Luke 24:6-7) to the glory of God the Father. This amazing truth is relevant to all of us as on God’s love, Jesus died for us all (cf 2 Corinthians 5:15). What a revelation it is to live in that realisation!
Equally, we should constantly be on the lookout for those who have not accepted Jesus into their lives to fulfil the purpose for which they were created (cf Isaiah 43:7) and for which Jesus came to the earth; to love, worship and serve God as a result of Jesus taking our place and liberating us from the clutches of the evil one. What a joy it is to see the kingdom of God growing!
When we look at what God has done and is doing for us and for others by the power of the Holy Spirit, we also need to consider our own roles in the discipleship, in particular, of new converts. A recent fellowship group study threw up the question, how prepared are you to receive 100 new believers in your church? With the leading of the Holy Spirit, how do we seek to welcome and shepherd them to God in a way in which they grow in their own faith and actively as part of the church?
When we look at the church in Acts 2, they made it their goal to continually meet, share and grow in what God had given them, dedicating themselves to God’s word, sharing in Communion and using their gifts. And God continued to add new believers to their fellowship.
As we know from John 8:36 ….If Christ has set you free then you shall be free indeed!