Stand Up To Be Counted

That means that three quarters of those attending do not to show their commitment

Acts 2:37-47

Reference: Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2:41 TNIV)

Explore: I recently visited a church that had about 300 people in attendance. The service was pleasant and afterwards I met a number of friendly people in the foyer.

I noticed that a number of people stayed in the auditorium and, when I enquired about what they were doing, I was told it was a members meeting. I looked around and did some rough sums and worked out that only a quarter of the people who had attended church that morning were members.

That means that three quarters of those attending services are happy enough to turn up to receive from the worship event, but not to show their commitment by signing up for the decision making. It’s always interesting, when you get a large group of people together, how many are active participants and how many just go with the flow.

Application: When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples a whole crowd of people saw the impact. In the retelling it says that all the people heard Peter’s explanation and about 3000 people accepted it.

Three thousand is a great number, but I wonder how many more heard but did nothing.

Every single person makes a decision. Even when we do nothing that is the decision we make.

When it comes to answering God, are we the kind of people who respond or do we sit back and do nothing, therefore missing out on all that God has in store for us.

Prayer: Lord, You provide us with opportunities to connect with You every day. May we not be the ones who stand back and hesitate, but may we accept You whole-heartedly. Amen.

Do you accept easily or are you more likely to hesitate?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.