"They all joined together constantly in PRAYER along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, 'Brothers and sisters, the SCRIPTURE had to be fulfilled in which the HOLY SPIRIT spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as a guide for those who arrested Jesus. He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.'" Acts 1:14-17
When I was a kid, I loved playing with building blocks. I had building blocks at my house and at my Uncle James' house, as well. I remember trying to build walls as high as I could, but many times the walls would fall down before I could get them four or five blocks high. I remember what my dad and my Uncle James told me over and over again: "You have to have a good foundation before you can build a high wall." Jesus is the foundation of His church. After Peter's confession in Matthew 16 that Jesus was the Son of God, Jesus said to him, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." Paul tells the church in 1 Corinthians 3:11, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." Jesus is the foundation of the church. The church belongs to Him, and He is still building His church today.
In Acts 1, we see the beginning of the church as we know it. Jesus is the foundation of the church, and He called His followers to be a part of it. He called His followers to help build His church, and we see three important building blocks that were laid upon the foundation, Jesus Christ, in Acts 1:14-17. The first building block the followers used was PRAYER (v.14). They prayed together, and they prayed consistently. The followers valued prayer. The next building block the followers used was SCRIPTURE (v. 16). They were devoted to the Word of God, and they followed it and lived it out loud as they worked to advance the kingdom of God. The followers valued Scripture. And the followers also used the HOLY SPIRIT (v. 16) as a building block for the church. Jesus told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. The followers valued the Holy Spirit. I wonder today, as Christ followers plugged into the church, do we value prayer, Scripture, and the Holy Spirit the way the early church valued them? Are we helping the Lord build His church with these vital and necessary building blocks? And are we, as Christ followers united by Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, helping the Lord build the church together in unity? God has called us to be a part of His great kingdom, and He has empowered us and enabled us to be participants of His kingdom, not merely spectators. What a blessing!!! As Christ followers, we should value prayer, Scripture and the Holy Spirit. As Christ followers, we should value unity with one another and the opportunity to work together in the kingdom of God. Remember, the church does not belong to us; the church belongs to the Lord. We are a part of the church, and we are invited to help build the church until the Lord comes again to be reunited with her once and for all! Believe it! Claim it! Live it!