Acts 4:1-4, 8-14, And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. … 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
The early New Testament church had only one Master and one message. His name was, is, and always will be Jesus! The early church loved Him. The early church embraced Him. The early church walked with Him. The early church obeyed Him. The early church followed Him. The early church served Him wholeheartedly, and they preached His Name wherever they went, even though it often irked the religious leaders of their day (Acts 4:1-2). Their lives and ministries were consumed with Jesus, and so should ours! As one author noted:
After all, Christianity is the worship of Jesus Christ. It’s the worship of Jesus Christ exclusively, and it’s the worship of Jesus Christ comprehensively. He alone is worthy; He alone is God; He alone is the infinite sacrifice made for the sins of those who would believe. But it’s comprehensive as well, which means that every part of our being should be engaged in the worship and honor of Jesus. If Jesus is who the Bible says He is, if He did what the Bible says He did, He is worthy of absolute, complete, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life.
And, yet another writes these stinging words:
Regrettably, Christians have made the gospel about so many things–things other than Jesus Christ. But Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives life its true meaning and purpose. Without Him, everything loses its value. … It is very possible that we can be guilty of emphasizing a truth, a value, a gift, a ministry, and yet miss Christ. Therefore, we must seek Christ, know Christ, embrace Christ, and allow Christ to transform our hearts and our desires. … When we dethrone Jesus Christ from His rightful place, we tarnish the face of Christianity and redefine it out of existence.
In these tumultuous days we might want to follow in the footsteps of the early apostolic church in their consuming passion to know Christ and to make Him known.
Philippians 3:7-10, But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;