“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe;…” (Acts 2:42-47).
We long for the experience of connection; feelings of intimacy, nearness, oneness with our Lord and Savior. Many, however, seek such an experience while never having practiced, as a rhythm of life, the disciplines necessary to see such an experience accomplished–historically accurate bible study, shared communion, the messiness of fellowship, prayer. In other words, many want a self-serving experience without the rigors of discipleship; emotion without devotion; connection without a cross; blessings without the burdens; belonging while rejecting the responsibilities and rigors of congregational life. It’s only as we are continually devoting ourselves to the disciplines of our faith that sensationalized moments can be replaced by feelings of a genuine and lasting experience.