And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:40-47
I just have to take a moment to give praise and thanksgiving to God for my community of believers. In the last month I want to share a few blessings that were given to me by God through the hands of my church family:
-Food showed up at my door when I didn’t want to have to think about it
-My hot water heater went out, and multiple neighbors offered a hot shower
-One day I went into my office and there were flowers there to make me smile
-A friend picked up my children and fed them for me when I was extra busy
-A tradition of Taco Tuesday was installed, and every week I have a meal with friends to look forward to
-I walked into a friend’s place of business and she dropped everything to let me cry on her shoulder
These are just a few of the many things that I was blessed with this month, and know they were all from God’s provision. These things don’t just happen by accident. God designed us to live in harmony and community, and instructed us to serve and love one another, to lay our lives down for our friends. As we grow in our faith and turn our eyes to God, he will direct our vision outwardly to those who need it. This is what it looks like for the church to BE the church.
Maybe you can relate and say the same thing: “My friends are God-purposed, amazingly generous people who I can take care of and I know will take care of me!” But I know many, many more people may be saying, “I don’t have friends like that! I wish I did!”
God has a place of community like this for you too! There are friends for you like mine just waiting to be discovered. Will you allow yourself to be plugged into His community? Would you join a small group and invest your time, love and service into the lives of others? Would you allow others to pour into you, help you, and keep you accountable? Are you ready to reciprocate when your friends have need of you?
This passage from Acts mentioning all the believers being together, having things in common, breaking bread together from house to house, and even selling their worldly possessions and dividing them so that no one had need; this is not a nice idea, this is a CHALLENGE to make this our reality in our lives.