When I read these two verses of Acts, I am reminded of one simple yet profound truth — before God desires my works or talents, He desires my heart. When our hearts are devoted to God, that leads to a devotion towards community, prayer, scripture, and receiving teaching of God’s word.
That devotion allows us to see and experience amazing and supernatural acts of God’s Spirit bringing forth salvation, healing, redemption, reconciliation, and activation. From there comes a deep feeling of awe. A feeling of comfort and amazement at how God works and moves in His creation. It is at that point that God begins to move through us to impact and serve others.
May we find rest in that God truly does desire our hearts, and that we experience Him more fully before He desires our doing. Thank you God for caring enough for us in pursuing who we are in you, rather than what we can do.