Can you remember what happens in chapter 29 of the Acts of the Apostles?
Don’t feel too bad if you can’t. It’s a trick question: The Book of Acts ends with chapter 28. After all, the Book of Acts is just what the title tells us it is. It’s a description of the way the Holy Spirit worked through the first apostles, a story that begins with Peter in Jerusalem and ends with Paul in Rome. But the stories of the Spirit don’t end with the last chapter of Acts. They continue in the lives of the Fathers of the Church. Francis of Assisi and Bridget of Sweden continued the story. So too did Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, and Dorothy Day. And so do we. We are all the authors of Acts 29.
Now the “acts” that we do may not be recorded in the Scriptures or in the annals of church history, but they are being recorded in heaven. God sees everything we do—every small act of kindness, every fleeting moment of generosity, every battle against temptation. Nothing goes unrecorded in his Book of Life!
Blessed Are You! One day, Jesus asked the disciples who they thought he was. Peter replied: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” When Jesus heard this, he blessed Peter and told him: “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father” (Matthew 16:16-17). Most likely, Peter was very surprised, and happy, to hear these words. God was working through him!
Jesus wants all of us to be “rocks” of his church, just as he called Peter (Matthew 16:18). Like Peter, we too have the Holy Spirit living in us, filling us with grace and directing our lives. And like Peter, we don’t always see God at work in us. But just because we can’t see him, that doesn’t mean he isn’t there. He is constantly at work in our hearts, drawing us toward Jesus. And the truth is, we are probably bearing far more spiritual fruit than we think. Acts 29 really is unfolding in our lives!
If you want to get a better picture of the way the Spirit is working in your life, take a look at the four-step process that we describe on pages 8 and 9. This simple method has proven to be a very effective approach to prayer as well as to improving our spiritual vision. I promise that if you follow it this Easter season, you will see a change in your life. In fact, this is how I pray every day. I begin with a few songs to help me clear my mind and focus on Jesus. Then I read a passage from Scripture and spend time meditating on it. I always ask the Spirit to open my eyes to something new in this passage and how it affects my own life. Sometimes I go to a commentary for help. Then I write down a few thoughts and try to recall them throughout the day.
It’s not hard to see God’s hand in your life. So may the Lord bless you this Easter season. May the Holy Spirit show you how you are continuing the Book of Acts even today.