They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42, NIV.
The early believers “devoted” themselves to several things. What kind of devotion is involved here? Here is the lexical entry for “proskartereo,” which will give you an idea of the semantic field (range of meaning) of the Greek word:
to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing to continue all the time in a place to persevere and not to faint to show one’s self courageous for to be in constant readiness for one, wait on constantly
It is worth meditating on what this means for each of the things to which they devoted themselves.
Does devotion to the apostles’ teaching mean simply listening to a sermon once a week? How do we apply this today? Could it include reading, study, meditation, memorization, discussion, dialogue, pondering, self-examination and application? Does it mean going deep or staying shallow?