The Holy Family

Stan Mast

READ : Acts 2:40-47

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. (v. 46 NIV)

Matthew doesn’t tell us if Joseph ever struggled with dreams: broken, new, or bigger. But we sure do. Do you always believe that God is with you at the end of broken dreams? Can you do what Joseph did? Can you focus on that baby as you continue down the boulevard?

Joseph always had Mary (and, of course, Jesus) to assure him that it was all true. Jesus knew that we would struggle, so ten days after he ascended, he created a new holy family, the church. On Pentecost, Peter’s sermon began with talk about dreams and it ended with 3000 people believing God’s great new dream. Immediately and continually they met together to help each other live in the new reality initiated by Jesus.

Our text shows us the life rhythms of the holy family of Christ. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (v. 42 NIV). Sounds a lot like church, doesn’t it? Except they did this every day. Why every day? Because they wanted to and they needed to. They were excited about the Good News of “God with us,” but they instinctively knew that they couldn’t sustain their excitement, their faith, and their obedience alone.

Neither can we. It takes a family of faith. So today be sure to meet with your part of the holy family in church, and live the dream.

PRAYER

Jesus, speak to us today as we recall the apostles’ teaching.