“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
In December 1977, Anna and I had been married a little over seven months. Anna suddenly began to get sick every time we ate. When we couldn’t figure out what the problem was and finally we made an appointment with a doctor friend of ours. After giving her a thorough examination, he sat us both down in his office and explained that Anna was suffering from a condition that would not go away for nine months. When he said that, I had no idea what he was talking about. Then, it dawned on me that Anna was pregnant with our first child. I got a smile on my face that I could not wipe away. We had gone into the doctor’s office expecting bad news and were given good news. That good news brought joy into my life and a smile on my face. We asked the doctor exactly what we should and shouldn’t do. He gave us specific instructions, and we gladly received his instructions because we wanted to do what was best for Anna and our new baby.
In Acts 2, We read the record of the first converts in the New Testament church. The Bible says about these three thousand souls that they gladly received His Word. What did they do upon receiving the Word?
- They got saved.
- They received instruction about the church.
- They were baptized into the church.
- They became members of the church.
- They continued in the teaching of the church.
God wants every believer to SHINE. The more you are activity involved in your church and gladly receive His Word, you will SHINE.