Today’s Scripture: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:46-47

20th century preacher John Henry Jowett shared this amazing quote about the lack of change he saw in the people who went to church. “We leave our places of worship, and no deep and inexpressible wonder sits upon our faces. We can sing these lilting melodies, and when we go out into the street our faces are one with the faces of those who have left the theater and the music halls. There is nothing about us to suggest that we have been looking at anything stupendous and overwhelming. Far back in my boyhood I remember an old saint telling me that after some services he liked to make his way home alone, by quiet by-ways, so that the hush of the Almighty might remain on his awed and prostrate soul. That is the element we are losing, and its loss is one of the measure of our poverty, and the primary secret of inefficient life and service.”

Let me ask you. Does church change you? Are you profoundly different 1 hour after the service began? If not, then perhaps it’s time for a little soul-searching.

We often want to place the blame on the church itself. I hear people say, “I just don’t get anything out of the preacher.” But my philosophy is that you can get something out of any message- even from the poorest of preachers.

The key to change is asking God to open our hearts before each service. Let go of every other distraction and think deeply upon the Savior whom you serve.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder