Most all of us, with few exceptions, have very deep, meaningful relationships that allow us to “let our hair down”, speak in ways that we normally don’t speak in “polite company” or any company at all. Some, once again very few, are so comfortable with people and their relationship with God they are the exact same in the most intimate of moments with their bestest as with someone they just met.
Having spent the last couple of months studying the first few chapters of Acts it appears the Apostles had a very meaningful, very deep relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. The opening versus’ of Acts 13 we see this on full display.
Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. ~Acts 13:1-3 NKJV
This is spoken as easy as someone, today, speaking about supper plans with their spouse. Do we have this depth of relationship with the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ or Father, ABBA? Is it possible to have this depth of relationship in today’s world? Shouldn’t we be seeking this level of relationship and if we did, what would happen? If we, regularly, “went up on the housetop to pray” or said another way – completely separated ourselves, in the middle of the day, to stop whatever it is we are doing and pray – how would our lives be impacted? What level of relationship with Jesus Christ would we reach?
The other part of the situation is the immediate change in direction made by the Apostles and the people around them. Without hesitation, however the Holy Spirit directed them, they responded without hesitation – without hesitation.
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. ~Acts 13:4 NKJV
Father, God, what do you want me to know? Father, God, what do you want me to do? These two questions are how we learn about God’s will for our life. These two simple questions, the Apostles must’ve ask on a daily basis, once answered, were acted upon immediately – without delay, without hesitation. Is this the key to falling, blindly off a cliff, into Jesus Christ’s arms? Putting down our “nets” and following Him?
Either the Gospel is divine inspiration, the Word of God teaching us how to live and how to act, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.