13 August 2019 – Acts 22:14-16 (NIV)

13 August 2019 – Acts 22:14-16 (NIV)

Scripture

14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

Reflection

I wish the modern church would take heed the words of Ananais to Paul in verse 16, And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”  Our faith is a faith of action.  Get up.  Be baptized. Wash your sins away.  Call on the name of the Lord.  And so I ask the question, why do we act so little upon our faith?  Are we so content on the waiting that we forget the action? Dare I say we may be a bit too comfortable in our pews and a little too inactive in our witness of Christ as Lord?  Is it an issue of complacency or courage? Maybe both.  Lord, give us the courage to rise up and the strength to act.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

The Bible is where we can turn when we don’t know how to pray. Take a moment to be still and reflect on God’s word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.