Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
(Acts 2:42 (NIV))


According to Merriam-Webster, “devotion” is the fact or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal. The word “devoted” is a verb that means to commit, or to give over to a cause or activity.

I apologize for the vocabulary lesson, but I wanted to emphasize the strength of the commitment that the early church had with respect to fulfilling the teachings and the commands to fellowship and to love your neighbor, and to pray. They gave everything that was within them to the church. They did not simply attend a service for an hour one day a week. They devoted themselves to do anything and everything that the apostles taught.

What are you devoted to?

I am devoted to my family. I am devoted to doing what I promise that I will do. I am devoted to learning and studying and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. I am devoted to prayer. I am devoted to fellowship.

However, I am only human and my devotion often falls short. Still, it is my desire and I do all within my physical capabilities to fulfill what my heart calls me to do.

Sadly, devotion is often lacking in today’s society. Too many people are only committed to themselves. They are only committed to doing things if they are the center of attention or if they will benefit somehow in the physical world. Whatever happened to being devoted simply because it is the right thing to do?


Perhaps you could almost call it a priority, for the things in your life that are a priority to you will receive your time and attention. What are your priorities?

I would like to challenge each person reading this, including myself, to make sure that our personal priorities fall in line with those written of in Acts 2:42. Let’s devote ourselves to the apostles’ teachings and to the fellowship with each other, to the act of breaking bread, both as physical sustenance and as the act of communion, and to prayer. I think that we will find our devotion to these priorities will see the church as it was in the beginning.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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