Words from the Heart for Sunday May 16th, 2021
Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
Acts 2:41 (NLT)
Those Who Believed
According to the 2016 Canadian census, Newfoundland is by far the most religious province. BC and the Yukon are the least religious. Census data is limited, however, because it doesn’t differentiate between practicing and cultural people of faith. Many of Canada’s immigrants have some religious affiliation. Church attendance in BC is higher now than it was 20 years ago while in Newfoundland where they have fewer immigrants, church attendance is half of what it was 20 years ago, but still higher than in BC.
We are raised to work hard. In every culture and society in the world, children are taught that in order to live, it is necessary to do certain things to get food, put a roof over our heads and enjoy life. This philosophy is captured well in the axiom “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” This is carried through into human religion. The thinking goes that “if there is a god, we don’t know who he or she is, but let’s live a certain way, or do something, to appease that god. It’s up to us to try to keep that god pleased with us.” World religions are filled with such thinking. What a contrast to the Christian faith. We worship the One true God who has revealed Himself to all humanity in the person of Jesus Christ. Listen to how we respond to Him. Acts 2:41 says, “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” Did you notice what Luke reports here? Those who believed. Jesus has done the work. We are simply called to believe – to trust Him. Have you?
These have been words from the heart.