“The house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.” Acts 12:11-12 NKJV
This is taking from the section of scripture describing when Peter was imprisoned, the church was praying for him, and then the Angel of the Lord came and freed Peter. You’ll need to read the whole story yourself to get the whole thing. While I was reading this two things stood out in the verse above:
(1) “when Peter had come to himself”
(2) “when he had considered this”.
These two phrases really highlight the fact that our relationship with Christ (and others) takes time, effort, and consideration. Without spending the time and effort your relationship is going to be weak.
Think about it. If you’re married and only say “hello” in the morning and “goodnight” at bedtime, how strong do you think your marriage would be? Even God says come let us reason it out together (Isaiah 1:18). Being a believer means you are committed to understanding Jesus Christ. How else do you understand Christ, but through reading His word and fellowshipping with other believers (Hebrew 10:25)?
As you spend time in His Word, you’ll find the areas in your life where you were mere going through the motions will be transformed and given new life. Even the most mundane things like doing laundry can be transformed into worshipping the Lord, if you are “plugged into Him”. It’s a beautiful thing. Hard to explain with words, definitely something you need to experience on your own.
So next time you read God’s Word, stop to consider what He might be saying to you. See if there is any sin being described that you need to repent of. Look for examples to follow in word, attitude, or behaviors. Definitely keep your eyes open for commandments – the things He tells us to obey – then do them.
In Christ’s Love,
© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.