Scripture - Acts 11
Observation - For an entire year, Barnabas and Paul gather with the believers in the city of Antioch and instruct the people there about the truth of God’s word. It is not surprising that Antioch is the city where the disciples of Jesus are first called Christians. As Barnabas and Paul teach the Word faithfully, the disciples’’ devotion to Christ grows deeper and deeper. Everyone can see that these people belong to Jesus Christ.
Application - What do people see when they meet you? Do they see someone frustrated with life or do they see someone who knows peace and joy because you follow Christ? It is easy to let the world and all its problems swallow us up whole. But we can have ever-lasting joy and peace that the Word speaks about when we decide to give up everything we are and surrender it to our loving Father.
Prayer - God, help me to seek you throughout my day-to-day living. I’m tired of feeling frustrated and lost. I want every promise you have spoken. I want to live a life that shows you live in me. Help me to clear my mind and heart and fill it with your words. In your name I pray, amen.