History is filled with hinge points.
The Gettysburg Address.
The Declaration of Independence.
The Civil Rights movement.
The invention of the original chicken sandwich and the beginning of Chick-Fil-A…
You get the idea. History turns on these events.
Speaking of hinge points, Acts 13 contains another one. But it had very humble beginnings.
Acts 13:1 gives the role call for the worship service happening that day. Five friends had gathered together to worship: Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen, and Saul (later known as Paul). Five friends in a room. No lights or projectors, no kids ministry, parking team, or backstage green room. Just five guys worshiping and fasting.
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
Acts 13:2-3 ESV
That simple worship gathering launched Paul and Barnabas into their first of many missionary journeys which would result in the global reach of the gospel and churches planted across the known world!
Miracles can happen when we gather together to worship, listen, and act!
No wonder the author of Hebrews says not to neglect gathering together (Hebrews 10:24-25). When we gather, “we stir one another up to love and good works.”
Imagine what could happen if you gathered in your next Bible study, small group, or church service with that same anticipation and expectation? Those five friends had probably gathered together dozens or maybe hundreds of times to worship, but this one changed everything!
And one more reminder…
Although listening to the Lord is vital, so is the response of faith. They not only heard the Lord, but they stepped into what God had called them to. Let’s not just be hearers of the Word, but more importantly doers! Everything hinges on that.