“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42, ESV)
We must be devoted! Fully devoted. Or as some have labeled—Radical! In Christ we must give everything! Is that not the calling of every Christian? Being zealous for God’s ways is a good thing, right? The answer for both is yes and no. Yes, we must be devoted, giving all to Jesus because all to Him we owe. And no, we don’t need to consider Christianity like an event in the X-Games.
Rather than going along with the cultural trends of being extreme, let’s just paint the mundane reality. God desires our fidelity. Faithfulness in the small things while no one is watching. God does not desire exaggerated lengths of obtaining the label of 'radical' to prove our love. Instead of extremes, He desires simple faithfulness.
Consider Acts 2:42, here is an expression of the primitive church. They simply operated in the holy ordinances. It really is that simple, though it isn’t easy. We aren’t world changers, though God changes the world through His people. Devotion to God’s Word, the fellowship of the saints, the ordinances and prayer are the points of devotion to which He calls His people. From those flow covenant faithfulness.
Consider 1Thessalonians 4:10-12, “…But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” By God’s grace may we walk in such simplicity.