Devotions By Jan


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spock-tribblesScripture for Today: Acts 5:14 “Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.”

This is easily one of my favorite episodes of the old television series, Star Trek.  The trouble with tribbles was their incredible rate of multiplying!  They made a soft purring sound and stole the hearts of the crew members, until they started overrunning the ship and even infesting their food.  Spock is pictured here trying to figure it out with scientific methods.  He found that their only goal in life was to eat and reproduce  The phrase, “multiplying like tribbles,” has become a common phrase in science fiction circles!

The early church in Acts experienced tremendous and rapid growth.  Three thousand were added in just one day to the church in Jerusalem at the close of Peter’s sermon.  And the Lord continued to add to their number daily (Acts 2:47).  Regardless of persecution, the Lord established His Church through the efforts of simple fishermen who could not help speaking about what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20).  The Lord grew twelve men into a worldwide group of Christ-followers, spanning centuries and continents!  And the gates of hell will never prevail against it! (Matt. 16:18)

I am amazed how God uses ordinary people to grow His Church.  He does not require a charismatic personality or a television presence.  He does not need a smooth polished speaker.  The simple message of the Gospel is the power of God to save (Romans 1;16).  He uses the story of those who have been forgiven themselves.  He uses the lives of those who have blown it and have seen God pick up the pieces of their lives and restore them!  What an amazing privilege to be used by Him!

Lord, give me the opportunity today to share Your Good News!



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