Acts 14:27 – When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
Here in Acts, Paul and Barnabas had just finished their first missionary journey. And what a great way to end it, praising God’s effectiveness. They could have told many other stories, like the sizeable Jewish opposition they encountered, or the time they were mistaken for Greek gods, or when Paul was stoned to the point of death. But here, the emphasis was on the souls saved. They told stories of God and His greatness, not of their own adventures. The church, this body of Christ that we call home, is a place to speak of God. It is where we go to share in His grace, to spread His loving kindness, and to tell of His greatness. We serve an awesome God who deserves praise and bragging. Try it; it’s fun. This Wednesday evening or next Sunday morning, when you walk through the doors of your local church, try speaking of nothing but the glory of our God. That’s right, no complaining, no funny stories about your workweek, and no making plans with friends. Do those things later. Try to focus your conversations on nothing less than your amazing Savior. What has He done or said that struck your heart that might encourage others? How have you seen Him move this week? What prayers has He answered, or grace has He shown you today? If you cannot think of anything, you are not paying attention. We ought to be looking for Him and expecting great things from Him. Our great God does great things all the time. From the breath in your lungs to the sun on your face (or the rain on the grass), praise Him and thank Him. May that our words be of Him alone!