[The apostles and elders in Jerusalem writing to Gentile Christians:] “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements …”
Acts 15 is a remarkable reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit to work within a group of people seeking to honor God. Today’s verse is from the conclusion of the gathering of apostles, elders, and believers in Jerusalem where they were seeking to address questions about how much of Judaism would be required of Gentile converts to Christianity. There were radically different opinions on what should be done. Some of those opinions were wrong. Others were right. But as God’s leaders — in the presence of the other members of Jesus’ church in Jerusalem — prayed and discussed and listened, they came to a conviction they understood as the word of the Holy Spirit. Why is it so hard for us to come to such consensus and to a similar conviction?
O Father, give the leaders of your people Spirit-led insight and wisdom. Give us courage as your people to insist that our leaders be Spirit-filled. And, dear Father, please help us honor the work of your Spirit to lead us in the direction you want us to go. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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