In the OT reading, there were a couple of verses that stood out for me today:
Deuteronomy 7:26 - And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction.
Moses was instructing the Israelites that they would not only drive out nations, but that they were to destroy everything that the people in those nations had left behind. This is something that I thought was important to realize that what may appear to be innocent at the time, can grab a hold of us, and cause spiritual destruction in our lives.
Deuteronomy 8:11 - Take care lest you forget the your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today.
Today in church, one of things pastor Dan mentioned was remembering what the Lord has done in our lives. Lest you forget. We need to be keep in mind when everything is going well that we do not become proud and forget all that the Lord has done for us.
In our NT reading, Paul tells us to repent and be baptized (vs 38). But that is only the beginning. In vs 42, Paul talks about how the believers also devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and to fellowship among themselves. They didn't meet every other week, or even once a week, they met every day. That's true devotion!
I pray that I can have the same devotion as they did, and the same fire and compassion that they had for the people in need.