Believers into Doers
Well, it's the point of the whole book, isn't it? It's called "Acts of the Apostles" and in reading and reflecting upon the first chapter, I was struck by the fact that Jesus' followers had always been asking, and seeking, and Jesus had done the "doing." He had preached, ministered, and, so unexpectedly, sacrificed his mortal life. He comes back to them and again they asked him, "When are you going to restore the kingdom of Israel?" (Acts 1:6.) And he tells them, in effect, that they will all receive power to become doers and not to worry about when the Father is going to do these things. They will receive the Holy Spirit. They will be the doers then.
And the story of Acts, to me, is then a story of doing what the Holy Spirit calls us to do: to bear witness, to provide sustenance for others, to heal, to overcome persecution an despair, to bring comfort and hope to others, to be struck down in the road and redirected in our calling. These stories remind me of how to be a doer, not just a believer. Something I need reminding of constantly, as it is too easy to reflect on what I believe and much harder to act upon it. I pray that I may be more of a doer as a result of my reflection on the Acts of the Apostles.